Camping with Ghosts
July 29, 2019
The trip between Salt Lake City and Grand Junction, Colorado was broken into two days. We had planned to have our first Walmart camping experience in Price, Utah. But, after being in a densely populated area for more than a week, the thought of parking lot was not appealing. So, we found the small town of East Carbon, Utah on Campendium and decided to check out the Range Creek Campground.
Range Creek Campground
The Range Creek Campground was a little bit off our route on 191 but it was worth it. The campground has large spots, fire pits, vault toilets, and a playground.
First, we walked down to see the spots, as we always do. We found a couple that were easy to get into since we were only staying one night. There were even a few deer in there to greet us. Then, we climbed back into the truck to park in our home for the night.
Mystery Brick Dwellings
After we set up we walked around the area and came upon a row of brick dwellings. Each was about seven feet high and 10 feet across. They each had a hole in the top for smoke from the fires to escape through and we’re all in a row of about 30. One side of the dwellings were gone so you could easily walk in. I have no idea what they were for, and Google hasn’t yielded any results. It was an interesting piece to stumble across.
Abandoned Railway Station
There were multiple abandoned buildings on this property. One of which had remains of a sign that read “Carbon Railway Co.” Naturally, I went inside to check it out. It looks to have been the setting of many parties with bottle caps on the floor, spray paint on the walls, and bullet holes in the ceiling.
Peace and Quiet
Although this site has had its share of parties, none of them took place while we were there; we had the campground to ourselves. The view of mesas on one side and a mountain on the other were just what we needed. The stars at night were an amazing sight and the sunrise the next morning was breathtaking.
So, when you have a whole campground to yourself, isn’t the first thing adults do is head to the playground? We thought so too. However, Z was not a huge fan of the merry go round.
Have you been to the East Carbon Railway Station? What are those brick dwellings?