NAME: Winton
COUNTY: Sweetwater
CLIMATE: Cold winters, mild summers
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer or fall
COMMENTS: No residents. About ten(?) mi. NW of Rock Springs. Dirt road varies in condition due to harshness of previous winter. 4WD might be needed.Explore remains on hillside. See Directions Below.
REMAINS: Roofless hotel , dugouts and old dumps.This was one of my favorite places to go as a teenager, the gentleman that submitted the information on it was right! lol  If you go through Winton and follow the road maybe another 150 feet, there is an entire hillside of petrified wood (looks like coal it is so black).

Coal mining town, abandoned 1950's. See Ghost Towns Wyo. book. Submitted by: Al Herbruger

Directions: Go approx 10.5 miles north on 191N, turn right onto County Road 4-18, this road forks, you want to bear right at the fork to stay on 4-18, if you continue north the road turns into 4-17 (the road looks like it ought to go this way :-) If you see the 4-17 sign, turn around and go back a couple hundred feet and you'll see the road you need to be on. 4-17 is an interesting road in itself...there are several herd of wild horses there, it leads to the turn off to the White Mountain Petroglyphs and if you just keep going on it as far as you can with 2WD, you end up at the largest moving sand dunes in the Americas. If you want to look at the dunes, take the Study Area road, it's much prettier than the Off Road Vehicle area. The road actually continues past the dunes, you can drive a loop that will take you through South Superior (4-16) and then back through Winton from the other side, but you'd likely need 4WD to get through the sand that's blown across the road. Winton is quite a ways back, I've never marked the mileage, but you can pretty easily think that you must've missed it, it will come shortly after going up a fairly steep hill (don't try this in the winter in a 2WD, nearly got myself stuck out there). Winton is right there on the road, there's a really large concrete foundation and some remaining structural walls on the left, on the right across a ravine is a crumbling brick wall (no idea why it was there), there's no way across the ravine except by foot and it's very steep. If you wander around this area, you'll find something to the right of the big ruin that looks like some sort of cellar. Up the hill behind it is some kind of barbed wire fenced in area, the fence is falling down. You can go a little further up the road and see a few more ruins. You probably wouldn't really want to go up here in the evening, it's pretty easy to get lost on these roads if your not familiar with them and during the summer and weekends during the school year kids use the Winton area for keggers and other mischief :-) Anyone heading out on these Country Roads should probably stop by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce on Dewar Drive and ask to purchase a Sweetwater County Search and Rescue map...$3.00 and worth every penny :-)


I was surprised to read that Winton, Wyo. was deserted in the 1930's. In fact, I lived in Winton in the early 1950's. My aunt, Gaila Griffin, owned and operated the boarding house located approximately 50 yards west of the cement foundation mentioned in your article. The boarding house was home for some 50 miners working in the six operating mines in Winton.

The foundation and basement structure you mention is all that remains of the Union Pacific store. The brick wall was part of a retaining wall for the road up to Number 1 mine. In all, there were six mines operating in the early 1950's and a few hundred single family dwellings were occupied at that time. Winton was laid out in a hodge-podge fashion with the main street running east and west in front of the company store. In addition to the store was the boarding house, a pool hall, doctor's office, elementary school, post office, tiple, bath house, and, of course, the mine office. The high school students from Winton, Dines, and Stansbury attended a modern facility in Reliance. Others went in to Rock Springs.

My wife and I visited the site in 1997 in an automobile but due to limited (non-existing) road maintenance I would recommend a 4WD today.


UPDATE: I visited the site for the first time, on March 28, 2012. The only vertical remains consist of poured concrete footings, stone walls and a few fence posts. There are collapsed, wooden remains of buildings scattered over a wide area. I couldn't find the cemetery, but I didn't know exactly where to look.
There was quite a bit of construction activity around the site. My guess is that is that a wind farm is sprouting in the area. The road to Winton was posted with a construction sign that discouraged access...not exactly a "No Trespassing" sign, although it was threatening. That raises the question of who owns the land on which Winton sits.
I tried to do a little metal detecting, but sadly there has been so much fire arm activity that every square foot of dirt contains bullets, casings or shot gun remains. No hope of finding anything interesting with my old detector