Forgotten Town Rediscovered

Forgotten Town Rediscovered

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Utah Department of Transportation workers studying aerial photographs to prepare for noxious weed spraying ended up rediscovering a forgotten town planned but never settled in the 1800s.

The photos show a grid system of graded roads in an area about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City.

After investigating, the department learned roads were graded in the late 1800s for the would-be town called Woodman. It was intended as a resort on the edge of the Great Salt Lake, but plans were abandoned when the lake receded in 1885.

UDOT immediately halted weed spraying when the tic-tac-toe-type grid was found to determine if there was historical significance to the discovery.

However, the Historical Preservation Office says the town has no historical value since it was never actually built, only planned.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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