A personal blog of photography and commentary by Andrew McAllister.

Found this little town during one of my recent explorations of Northern Utah. A one stop sign town with a mostly nice commercial district. Few places to actually stop into but many buildings seem occupied to some extent (a good thing). Garland was a company town based around the Utah Sugar Company. A brief history can be found on the Garland Utah website.

Above: a tractor at the main intersection in Garland, Utah. The yellow brick commercial building has signage that suggests that the Bank of Garland was once the occupant.

Above: mural showing the Utah Sugar Company building. Much of the complex has been removed though the smokestack remains.

Above: nicely maintained yellow brick commercial building. Looks to be fully occupied, a good thing for the life of a building and the downtown in general.



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  1. May 14, 2012

    I remember the fun of checking out so many of these old towns that had once seen better days. One of my favorites was Eureka (in Juab county). Haven’t seen it since the early 80s. Can’t help but wonder how much life is left there.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 14, 2012

      I’ll have to make sure to stop and look at Eureka. When I do I’ll post some photos. In my opinion it’s the smaller places that have real character, suburbs and endless strip malls all start looking the same. Small towns seem to have endless variety though.

      • May 14, 2012

        I look forward to seeing what the place looks like after all these years. It was already heading toward being a ghost town back around 1980. The Delta Power Plant revived it for a bit. I’m very curious to see if it’s still hanging on. Just one of the neat things about Eureka was that its elevation of 6442′ exceded Denver’s claim to being the mile high city. If you manage to climb some of the peaks above the town, you can see clear to Provo and possibly beyond. I’m hoping that some of the old buildings and mining artifacts still remain.

  2. May 14, 2012

    Loving your photos, especially the one with the tractor in it! Happy Monday!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 14, 2012

      The tractor showing up was great. There was another storage vehicle that passed by that intersection. It was an airstream camper mounted on a Kenworth truck frame. Unfortunately I did not get a good shot of it.

  3. May 14, 2012

    It is sad but the days of the small town seem to be shortening. I was having lunch yesterday and one of my friends told me there is a town in Pa. which is now entirely a ghost town. It is all boarded up and no one is there.

    • Andrew McAllister #
      May 14, 2012

      Maybe that town could do something like Detroit and offer property in the town at rockbottom prices to people such as artists, writers or craftsmen that will commit to living there and being apart of the community. My 2ยข…

  4. May 14, 2012

    Visited Garland, Texas but this one in Utah has much more character.

  5. May 15, 2012

    Love the scene just outside the post office.

  6. May 16, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these pictures! It’s nice to know that small town America still exists :)

  7. May 29, 2012

    A very fine series of photos – from a great place to visit – and photograph. Much more interesting than big tourist attractions (in big cities!)…

  8. November 27, 2014

    I am really amazed how things happens in USA everything is very dinamic. One day plainly functional, the other abandoned. Amazing. Nice Pictures, by the way.

  9. frances getz #
    September 28, 2017

    looking for photos of garland elementary scllool used in 1930…the big white brick

    • Andrew McAllister #
      September 28, 2017

      The special collections at USU might have something if you looking for a historical photo.

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