Wild West ghost town for sale in Utah for $3.9 million

The real estate listing reads like a Wild West exhibit: An old gold mine, a geyser, and a supposed hideout of famed outlaws.

It’s all in a middle-of-nowhere ghost town for sale three hours southeast of Salt Lake City. Listing price? $3.9 million.

Woodside once bustled with about 300 residents in the early 1900s when it was a water stop for steam engines. Now the town sits empty — of people, that is. Two free-range llamas come with the deal.

There’s a geyser, too, but it no longer shoots high after being jammed by vandals. Once, the cold-water spout shot up 75 feet and was a popular tourist attraction known as the Roadside Geyser. No entry fee required.

Even though the town has seen better days, real estate agent Mike Metzger said the property is full of potential for someone with an entrepreneurial, Wild West spirit.

“You can be the sheriff, the judge and executioner of your own town,” he joked this week. “You can be mayor. You can be whatever you wanted. It would be amazing.”

A service station also still stands on the property with a Post Office inside.

“You can be your own postmaster, too,” Metzger chuckled. He’s been involved in the proposed sale for a couple of weeks.

Woodside sits along Route 6 in Emery County, surrounded by the Book Cliffs — desert mountains given their name because of the area topography that looks like book shelves. The town itself is flat, surrounded by brush and bisected by the Price River.

Historians believe Butch Cassidy and his gang once used the remote canyon country of the San Rafael Swell near Woodside as a hideout.

“And nobody’s ever found it — at least that they’re admitting,” Metzger said.

The town’s owner, Roy Pogue, 63, is selling it, in part, because he can’t take care of the land anymore and said his wife “likes people and we didn’t have neighbors out there.”


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