Utah Ghost Towns: Old Irontown Ruins

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Old Irontown Ruins

The Old Iron Town Ruins are the remains of the ironworks founded by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and offer interesting industrial remnants along the interpretive trails. Read More

  • Free entrance to this industrial ghost town
  • Information and self-guided tour brochure available from the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum in Cedar City
  • It has two ¼-mile long interpretive trails
  • See the remains of a pioneer cabin, kiln, furnace, grinding stone and foundry area

Overview

Old Iron Town Ruins are an example of the many ghost towns which are scattered around Utah. Mormon pioneers were sent from Cedar City in the 1850s to create an ironworks at Iron Town. Although initially it prospered with a schoolhouse, foundry, blacksmith shop and a charcoal kiln, it was forced to close after seven years due to lack of transportation and the financial panic of 1874. The town was abandoned and left to slowly decay.

The ruined ghost town is a great family day out to explore the historic remnants and enjoy the informative walking trails. See the beehive-shaped kiln, furnace and foundry and learn what part they played in Old Iron City, as it was known originally.

Location and Information

From Cedar City travel west on Hwy 56 for 20 miles. Turn south onto Old Iron Town Road and the ruins are a further 5 miles along this gravel road on the left hand side.

More Information and a self-guided tour brochure about Old Iron Town Museum can be obtained from:

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
635 N. Main
Cedar City, UT 84720
Call: 435-586-9290

Entrance Fees/Hours

  • Free of charge.
  • Open during daylight hours all year round.

Facilities

Old Iron Town has restrooms and a small shady picnic area. There are no campgrounds on the site.

Walking Trails

  • Old Iron Town Ruins
    ¼ mile long trail with interpretive plaques explaining about the ruins, kiln, furnace, grinding stone and foundry area.
  • Nature Trail
    ¼ mile long trail to the remains of a pioneer cabin with interpretive plaques explaining about the area’s vegetation.

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