Sunday, August 14, 2016

Washakie, Utah: Ghost town

Washakie, Utah was named for the Shoshone chief Washakie, however Washakie never lived there.  This town was inhabited by Sagwitch and his people.  It is located off of I-15, in Utah but close to the Idaho border near Plymouth, Utah.  It was a farming community.  Most of the original buildings are now gone.  At one time there was a thriving branch of the  church hear, and in fact a ward at one point, with the first Native American bishop, Moroni Sagwitch.  I was able to get some pictures of the town and the cemetery.  I was looking for the resting place of Sagwitch, but was not successful.  The cemetery was made where he passed away and was buried.  The cemetery is very rustic, but it shows a great deal of pride, especially for those who served in the military.
Cemetery pictures

Washakie ghost town pictures

plaque commemorating a fort which was located near Washakie


  1. Brenda Sorensen: Good post! Wonder if the recent fire destroyed it further?

    David Buist: The Mendon town basketball team used to play a game home and home with them. For a four year old boy it was a puzzle why a group of short brown skinned men would want to play against lee larsen and the rest of the taller mendon players.

    Tamie Wright: Very close to where I live, Portage

  2. Paul Boudrero: It is curious that my husband found your post today I am from Malad as was my father (Floyd Wells) grand father (LR Wells) and my great- grand father. They are all buried in the Malad cemetery and surrounding area. We live in Logan and are taking a little trip to Malad, Portage, Plymouth, Cherry Creek, etc. I grew up in Hyrum. Thank you.

  3. Glen Thornley: I was just over there. No fire damage but Washakie Energy has completely changed it. It didnt even look like they are still in business.

    Jennifer Nielsen Johnson: Really neat cemetery! Took the scouts there a few times. It's very different than it was even 5 years ago. They put in a bowery with tables and a benches and put in an arch over the entrance and parking stalls. Even with the upgrades it's still very rustic. Sacred ground for sure.

  4. Katie Baker The polygamous have changed that area totally from when I took photos for photography there in high school, and driving those back roads growing up. It's not like it used to be, like everywhere else.

  5. Lana Jardine: The Indians would come to Clarkston and go door to door collecting food. They scared me the first time but after that it was okay. My Grandmother Jane Dahle was very generous and always gave them Bread and flour, canned goods.