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Modena Utah
Utah

Modena Utah is a town that is located 50 miles west of Cedar City Utah, and 9.4 miles east of the Nevada border.

"With the advent of the railroad in Iron County and its arrival in the Modena area in December 1899, Brigham J. Lund, along with two partners, E. M. Brown and Jose Price, started a small business venture here. In time they were freighting to St. George, Utah; Pioche, Nevada and Delamar. Lund soon bought out his partners and in 1903 incorporated under the name of B. J. Lund & Company. The name "Lund" is still found on several buildings in town including the General Merchandise & Hotel building. By 1903, a U.S. Weather Bureau office had also been established in Modena. TheLast Chance Saloon now closed and boarded up is a reminder of a distant era.

The change from steam to diesel by the railroad brought about the demise of Modena which today is almost a ghost town. Only five families remain. There is a small convenience store/post office and a gas pump (no services available as of this writing) in town which served locals and others working the silver, iron ore, and beryl rock mines around the area. A stone school building is one of the more imposing solid structures in town. Edna Thorley 91, taught elementary school children in the building. She still lives in town and keeps up scrapbooks filled with memories of the past and present. Just north of town is the Modena cemetery.

Nearby towns include Uvada, 11.8 miles southwest on U-56; Beryl, 18 miles northeast on U-257;Newcastle, 23.2 miles southeast on U-56; and Enterprise, 27.8 miles southeast on U-56, U-18. St. George is 67.3 miles south."

See: http://www.onlineutah.com/modenahistory.shtml

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Uploaded: 04/07/2011
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Tags: modena; utah; iron; county
  • Mick over 1 year ago
    Visited Modena the other day on my way home from Sacramento. Stopped to take a few photos and was confronted by a gentleman named Frank. We chatted a while, got to know one another a bit and he was full of interesting history about Modena. He recommended I visit the town cemetery, which I did and enjoyed very much capturing more history there. One grave site, Charles Clark, was buried there with a marker on his grave dated born 1818, died 1887. Absolutely incredible. I will not reveal the location of the cemetery, I trust if you're interested enough to locate it you can ask around for Frank. There aren't too many people there, so anyone knows everyone. Take pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Mick
  • WAP almost 2 years ago
    What an amazing panorama view of this great old Utah town. This is a fantastic little piece of Utah history, and I hope that it will be preserved and restored. -WAP
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