Cisco, Utah

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Cisco
Ghost town
Buildings in Cisco
Buildings in Cisco
Cisco is located in Utah
Cisco
Cisco
Location within the state of Utah
Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyGrand
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)
 
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Cisco
Ghost town
Buildings in Cisco
Buildings in Cisco
Cisco is located in Utah
Cisco
Cisco
Location within the state of Utah
Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyGrand
Time zoneMountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)MDT (UTC-6)

Cisco is a ghost town in Grand County, Utah near the junction of State Route 128 and Interstate 70. At one time the town served as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.[1] The town's demise came with the demise of the steam locomotive. The town site contains many relics of a typical old west railroad town. Cisco survived long enough into the 20th century to be assigned a ZIP Code, 84515.[2] Unfortunately for history and railroad buffs, the ghost town's easy access and proximity to the freeway have lured vandals; the relics are heavily damaged and the town is littered with abandoned vehicles.

Mining[edit]

Oil and natural gas were discovered near Cisco in 1924. In 2005, new oil and gas wells were drilled in the nearby Cisco Oil Field by a Reno, Nevada based company.[3] Newly drilled wells can be seen next to the railroad track and around the freeway.

Transportation[edit]

Cisco was formerly along the route of US-6/US-50. The town was bypassed with the completion of Interstate 70 through the area but is still accessible by way of exit 204. Cisco is listed as a control city for State Route 128, although the highway does not enter Cisco.[4] Cisco is still served by the Union Pacific Railroad where a rail siding remains in use. The California Zephyr passenger train passes through Cisco, but is not a scheduled stop. During the summer months, whitewater river rafters use Cisco as a landing site, particularly for a trip through Westwater Canyon. The Kokopelli mountain bike Trail passes through Cisco.[5]

A fiber switch has been installed at Cisco by Emery Telecom. DSL is now available at Cisco, provided by Emery Telecom.

Media and pop culture[edit]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cisco has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[6]

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