Rosette, Utah

Rosette, Utah

Rosette, Utah is located about six miles west of Park Valley, Utah. It was apparently even less important then Park Valley was. Even the LDS’s Family Search website has no information about Rosette. The only piece of info I can find is from Online Utah which says:

“Rosette is a small ranching community five miles west of Park Valley. Jonathan Campbell, the first postmaster, named it in 1871 for the wild roses in the area.”

I do not remember seeing any signs of habitation when I drove through in 2010.

Rosette Utah

Rosette Utah

Rosette Utah

Park Valley Utah

Park Valley Utah

Park Valley Utah

Park Valley Utah is the name of a small community in south of the Raft River Mountains North west of the very top of the Great Salt Lake.

According to Online Utah, Park Valley, Utah was first settled by William Cotton Thomas who immigrated from Brigham City in 1869. He found the heavy growth of trees along the creek and the view inspiring.

In 1890 the population boomed to 500 people when gold was discovered. The boom didn’t last long and the town started declining. It held on for a while as good stop for automobile traffic but now it’s little more then a small quick stop grocery store, a few farms, home to the Volunteer Fire Department, and a few abandoned buildings.

Park Valley, Utah

Park Valley, Utah

Park Valley, Utah

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico is a small historic town in literally the middle of nowhere. In fact it’s pretty much as far from anything as you can get. It’s 102 miles to Albuquerque, 106 from Roswell New Mexico, and 190 from El Paso Texas. Despite being directly next to the Cibola National Forest it doesn’t even act as much of a supply town for those visiting the forest for recreation.

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Despite that, Corona was at the intersection of two pieces of history. Billy the Kid, Davide Rudabaugh, and William Willson hid out at a store and tavern just outside of what is now Corona in November 1880. They accidentally shot and killed Deputy James Carlyle as he was negotiating their surrender.

Corona New Mexico

Sign outside of town about Billy the Kid

Corona New Mexico

Reverse side of sign with map of the local area.

Corona was founded in 1899 with the El Paso & Northeastern Railroad built a line to the Dawson coalfields. The name was chosen as it was the highest point along the line. The area rapidly grew around the depot and made Corona a trade center.

Corona New Mexico

Corona New Mexico

Abandoned homes in Corona

The interesting historical point of interest is that the first “Roswell Incident” actually happened about 30 miles SE of Corona New Mexico. After traveling to town to tell about the accident, the witnesses then traveled to Roswell to spread the news.

Corona New Mexico

View of the desert outside of town

Modern Corona still has about 240 citizens. Their City Hall building looks fairly new and well kept. Main Street is all empty or closed store fronts except for the Museum which is only open a few hours on the weekend.

After stopping by the library to look for names in the (only copy) local history book, and getting a couple of copies of the relevant pages, the librarian was nice enough to call the lady in charge of the town’s museum who opened it to let me look around.

The museum is in the old Corona Hotel and is filled with artifacts passed down in the family. I wasn’t able to find much information about my ancestors, but the museum seemed like it had a lot of good information. While physically small, they have quite a bit of information and pictures available. If you happen to be in Corona yourself, I highly recommend stopping by the museum if it’s open. Unfortunately it was very dark inside and impossible to get pictures.