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History of Woodside, Utah
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Woodside (Emery) was settled in 1881 and soon became a thriving farming community and livestock loading station. The area's first resident was a local prospector by the name of Henry H. Hutchinson. Other settlers arrived the following year and soon established a small community with stores, a cafe and blacksmith shop. After damming the near-by Price River for irrigation, a variety of food was grown including vegetables, turkeys, cattle, sheep, sugar beets and honey. They called the town "Lower Crossing" for the D & R railroad which crossed the River at this point. Because of the areas numerous cottonwood groves, "Lower Crossing" was renamed "Woodside". At one point the community even sported a railroad hotel and depot. But railroad facilities improved to the point where nearby Helper became a more convenient town. In the late 1920s livestock shipping facilities and the depot were removed from Woodside. Also, the occasional flooding of the river caused the farmers eventually to search for better lands. After the cafe and store burned down in 1970, Woodside became a ghost town. Today, a fenced in service station marks the spot along the lonely stretch of US-6 between Price and Green River.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: John W. Van Cott, Utah Place Names; Wikipedia; Ghost Depot.


Note: There is a geyser in the center of Woodside that erupts ca. every 20 minutes. The railroad company was drilling a well when water shot up. Vandals threw some big rocks into the geyser hole and plugged it up. Guess they thought it would shoot the rocks up into the air. The geyser doesn't work now. Maybe if someone there would re-drill, it would come back to life. It is located in front of where the service station used to be. There was also a dry ice house near Woodside. The people that ran the business had a carbon dioxide well, and that is how they made their dry ice. To the northwest is the old cemetery. (Sheridan Brinker)

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