Crescent Junction

View from the rest area on I-70 near Crescent Junction, Utah.  To the north of Crescent Junction is the Book Cliffs.

"The origin of the town is the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad which constructed its main line through Eastern Utah in 1883. However the only thing that existed at this location was the rail siding, called Crescent. A town formed approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east at the next rail siding, Thompson Springs. Thompson became a transfer point to unload goods from the train for shipment to other cities in the region without rail access. U.S. Route 50 was commissioned in Eastern Utah in 1926, loosely following the route of the railroad. However, the junction point for the highway south to Moab was moved from Thompson Springs southwest to what was called Valley City. This arrangement existed until approximately 1930, when US-50 was straightened. At that time the junction was moved again to the present site and named Crescent Junction, next to the rail siding, now called Brendel. The junction has not moved since. Over time two buildings were constructed, a gas station and restaurant."   See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crescent_Junction,_Utah

Copyright: Calvin Jones
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11676x5838
Uploaded: 21/09/2011
Updated: 10/07/2014


Tags: crescent junction; utah; i70; 84540; book cliffs; brendel
  • Barbara Wimmer Kidrick over 1 year ago
    Additional information: The property at Crescent Jct was an original homestead by Marguerite and Laura Wimmer for a total of 320 acres, in 1924. It is still owned by the descendants of these women, their siblings and their father, Thomas G. Wimmer
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