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History of Ibapah, Utah
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Ibapah (Tooele) is located in the south/west corner of the county near the head of Deep Creek. The surrounding valley, although in a desert environment is lush with grass supporting a large heard of cattle. Nearby Deep Creek Range (Ibapah Peak and Haystack Peak reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation) and the Kern Mountains to the southwest, provide the necessary water. Early settlers, James Worthington, Harrison Severe and Wilford Hudson taught farming to the Goshute indians that lived here. There is one LDS chapel, a school and a small convenience store (Trading Post) in town. Just south is a well-kept cemetery.

Ibapah was on the original Lincoln Highway. It was one of three early Pony Express stations in the area and was the last stop before the route entered Tippett's Station just across the Nevada border. Along with the Pony Express, the Telegraph and the Overland Stage & Mail were also routed through a main station in Ibapah.

Nearby towns include Callao (Juab) 41.9 miles to the southeast, Gold Hill (Tooele) 16 miles to the northeast. Farther south in Juab County are the towns of Trout Creek 33.5 miles and Partoun 40.3 miles. Wendover is 58.8 miles to the north.

Ibapah had an early name of Deep Creek for the creek on which it is located. Then, Edward Ferguson came up with the present name, an anglicized Goshute word "Ai-bim-pa", which means "White Clay Water".

G. William Wiersdorf

See: Utah Place Names; John W. Van Cott, Deep Creek History; Ronald R. Bateman, On-site plaque.


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