photo's by Randy W. Lewis
Note: I made a trip to Kelton February 15 2004,, this sign has been destroyed, It no longer exists,, it was there for years and years but with the new generation of disrespectful children that are now old enough to destroy our history,, our history is being destroyed everywhere I go.
The Roads crossed at Kelton this is an Old ghost town out on the Salt Lake Desert.. There is nothing left but an old rail road butt-ment where they used to back up the train to load cattle,, there isn't no creek out here,, they must of had to haul in there own water,, Lizards have to carry water bags out here,, a couple of cement foundations and some remnants of rail road timbers is all that is left of a once thriving cattle town of Kelton.
The town had a large Chinese population during the construction of the original railroad. Many residents lived in tents during this period. The town boasted 13 saloons and one time.
(Directions to the small town of Kelton): From Brigham City, go north on I-15, then northwest on I-84; after the Snowville exit, take state highway 30 west; after driving approximately 25 miles, you'll find a gravel road on the left that goes south to Kelton (about 3 miles). The cemetery is located at the west end of old Kelton.
|Number of Burial Spaces|
|Number of Burials to Date|
|DECEASED SURNAME||OTHER NAMES||SEX||BIRTH||DEATH||COMMENTS|
|Grose||Thomasine Rosevear||F||22 Mar 1834||23 Aug 1872||Sister of John & Joseph Rosevear|
|Olsen||D. A.||15 Mar 1923||23 Oct 1954|
|Riley||Mary Emma||F||22 May 1876||19 Oct 1879|
|Riley||Russell T.||M||Buried in same lot as Mary Emma Riley|
|Riley||Willa H.||Buried in same lot as Mary Emma Riley|
|Rosevear||John||21 Nov 1831||27 Nov 1874|
27 March/June 1876
Father: O.L. Ryan
Mother: Sophie J.
|Ryan||Elsie||F||2 Jun 1876||Father:
Mother: Sophie J.
|Sparks||Georgina||F||1834||1876||wife of John Sparks|
1. Three individuals by the name of Boards
2. Two individuals by the name of Badger
3. Possibly Elijah Rhead
4. One of the Miller family
* per research done by LaMar Tracy
History: - not available
Maps: - not available
Thanks to the Utah Historical Society and Elaine Daniels for sharing this information. Some records were also compiled by
The 1880 Town of Kelton Federal Census lists the following: W.T. Riley (37), Frances M. (35), Jessie M. (9), Beulah B. (5), Esther A. (4), Bertha A. (2), Earl H. (born June 1880).
Surname: Mallory, Ellsworth, Pierce
In 1870, the Riley family lived next door to my great-grandparents family in Kelton Station. Mr. Riley was born in NY. His father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in NY. He (age 27) was listed in the Federal census of 1870 with his wife Frances M. (age 26). Both of Frances' parents were born in NY, as was she. Listed on the same page of the census was another of my great-grandparents, Henry Ellsworth and his wife, Marietta West Ellsworth. In the 1880 Federal Census of the town of Kelton, W.T. Riley was listed with Frances and five children and a boarder.
"William Tecumseh Riley came west after the Civil War following the building of the Union Pacific Railroad and upon its completion settled in Kelton, Utah where he and B.M. Mallory became associated in the drug, jewerlery and notions business, also as postmaster and agent for the stage lines and express companies that at that time were the only public conveyances for Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
On discovery of the mines of
Wood River Idaho in 1880 he removed to Bellevue Idaho where he was the
postmaster, and druggist, JJ Tracy being associated with him."