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Tooele County, west of the Oquirrh Mountains, is known for early copper and gold mining, ghost towns, and railroad history. (West on I-80.) Don’t miss the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum built in 1867 in Tooele. Enjoy mine and railroad displays at the Tooele County Railroad & Mining Museum. Learn the history of Mercur, known as “the town that can’t stay dead,” at the Oquirrh Mountain Mining Museum. Log cabins, a working blacksmith shop, gift shop, and pavilion for group activities are at the Historic Benson Grist Mill near Stansbury Park. (3 miles from I-80 on SR 138.) 20 miles southeast of Tooele is Ophir, a semi-ghost town, located in the Oquirrh Mountains. (South on U-73.) Gold was discovered in Ophir around 1860; current residents live amid the ruins of a bygone mining era.

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