A Small Town in the West
A WORD OF CAUTION
Some areas described are desolate and uninhabited. Take food, water, warm clothing, maps and a GPS if you have one. Nothing stated on this web site gives anyone the right to dig, take, or possess any rocks or minerals from any lands illegally. Make sure you comply with state and federal laws and private property restrictions.
. . . . Where Old-west Mining and Modern Adventures Blend.
Minersville is situated at the crossroads of U-21 and U-130 in central Beaver County. The town was named out of deference to the many miners who labored in the mines nearby. However, when it was settled in the spring of 1859, the community went by several other names such as The Farm, Grundyville, Lower Beaver, Cottonwoods, and Punkin Center. With a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, some area residents still refer to Minersville as “Punkin Town”, due to the abundant pumpkin crop grown in the area, and the town’s annual Pumpkin Festival held in the Fall. Although agriculture and cattle grazing were a part of the early settlement, mining was the principle endeavor in the 1860s and ‘70s, and thus Minersville became the official name.
The now abandoned Lincoln Mine, located in the Mineral Mountains north of town, may have been the first mine opened in Utah in 1858. Lead was mined and smelted in town, then shipped to Salt Lake City to make ammunitions. Around that time, silver was discovered at the site and stories persist that some bullets may have been made of silver. Shortly thereafter, the Cave Mountain Mine opened, seven miles north of Minersville, and during the 1870’s, numerous mines sprang up to the southwest and further west from Milford in the San Francisco Mountains. Mining districts were then organized, and the silver and gold rush was on in full force.
The sports of boating, fishing, hunting, and rockhounding are the pursuits people seek out today. Just six miles to the east is the Minersville Reservoir and Campgrounds, a favorite boating and fishing destination for people coming from far and near. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow, cutthroat trout and small-mouth bass, which were introduced to provide more fishing variety and biological control of chubs. It is not uncommon to hook a three to eight pound fish. Fly and artificial lures are the only bait allowed, and only trout over 20 inches may be harvested.
Besides being a favorite of rockhounders, the Mineral Mountains is home to one of the county's largest mule deer herds. On the lower ranges, where juniper and pinion trees grow, you’ll find antelope, grouse, jackrabbits, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions. In addition, the irrigated farmland near Minersville and Milford is a perfect hunting area for pheasants and sage hens. Please check with the local wildlife officials for permits, hunting seasons, and restricted areas. Additional photos are posted below. (Click to Enlarge)