Milford, Utah


The Milford City Library, on a hill among the trees
Milford City Library

The City of Milford is located on the west side of the Mineral Mountains. A lightning-caused wildfire started near Milford on July 6, 2007 and blew up to burn 363,052 acres before it was contained on July 15, 2007. The fire was whipped by winds for the first 2 days and forced the closure of Interstate 15 several times.

At first, Milford was a collection of miner's shacks. The first real settler (Arvin Stoddard) arrived, claimed his 160-acre homestead and built a house in 1880. At the time, prospectors were still scouring the mountains to the west and southwest, looking for gold, silver and lead. Then a settler from Wales arrived in 1880 and built a smelter on the 160 acres next to the Stoddard claim.

There were a couple of cattle ranches to the west of the tiny settlement that had been claimed in the 1870's but Milford wasn't much until the Southern Utah Railroad made Milford their southern rail terminal. At that point, Milford became the main cattle shipping point for southwestern Utah. The Pike Springs Ranch was owned by B.F. Saunders of Salt Lake City and that ranch ran the largest herd of cattle in Utah. Milford quickly became the freighting terminus for southern Utah, southern Nevada and northern Arizona. 3 times the railroad tried to extend their line further west but it wasn't until 1901 that they could run a train all the way to Caliente, Nevada. Milford still maintained its importance because of its location and its abundant water.

Main Street in Milford was typical for a mining and cattle ranching town: boarding houses, mercantiles and saloons built in simple frame architecture (which, of course, tends to burn often). Eventually, most of downtown Milford was rebuilt in stone and brick.

Today, Milford is still a cattle ranching center but the mines have all but stopped and the smelters were shut down long ago. The town is pretty quiet now with 1 fast food place, 2 restaurants (including one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Utah) and 2 motels.

The old Milford Hotel, now an empty building
The old Milford Hotel in downtown

Fast Facts about Milford, Utah

Milford, Beaver County, UT 84751
Latitude: 38.3947°N
Longitude: 113.014°W
Incorporated: 1903
Elevation: 4,970'

Education:
High School or Higher: 79.3%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 8.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.1%
Cost of Living Index for Milford: 83.0
Median Resident Age: 27.9 Years

2015 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $45,100
Median Home Value: $105,500
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Health Care, Rail Transportation, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Utilities, Educational Services, Mining, Truck Transportation, Government
Unemployed (March 2015): 8.3%
 
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population
1,409
Males
726
Females
683
Population by Age
Under 18
458
18 & over
951
20-24
67
25-34
223
35-49
244
50-64
226
65 & over
144
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
159
Non Hispanic or Latino
1,250
Population by Race
White
1,217
African-American
11
Asian
9
Native American
30
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
4
Other
113
Two or more
25
 
Map of Beaver County, Utah

Beaver County Pages

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