Devel­op­ment is breath­ing new life into Eureka

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Mayor Nick Castle­ton

For over half a cen­tury, most of the 15 build­ings along the old his­toric Eureka Main Street have sat empty. They’re just shells that re­mind us of the by­gone glory days in the Tin­tic min­ing dis­trict. Re­cently a com­pany was formed to begin ren­o­va­tions of th­ese old build­ings and hope­fully bring much needed eco­nomic devel­op­ment to the area. Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted soon for the first build­ing, the Min­ers Diner, which is hop­ing to at­tract cus­tomers from the nearby Wasatch Front look­ing for a unique din­ning ex­pe­ri­ence. A long-time fa­vorite for pho­tog­ra­phers, both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur, the old, long forgotten build­ings pro­vide an at­trac­tive back­drop for fam­ily and bridal photo al­bums.

Although we nor­mally think of a “ghost town” as a town with no in­hab­i­tants, this is an area that, as you walk the streets and al­leys peer­ing into the old build­ings, you get the feel­ing that the ghosts of a by­gone era are present, watch­ing your ev­ery move. By the way, we only al­low friendly ghosts to in­habit the town.

If you have never been to Eureka, or if it’s been a few years, now’s a good time to stop by, take a few pic­tures and come back ev­ery few months to note the progress.

The Min­ers Diner is ex­pected to open its doors in late April or early May. The Sum-It-Up Café on the east end of town is plan­ning an early June open­ing. So now is the time to take the short drive up the moun­tain and be­come en­thralled with what is sure to be­come the next “IN” place to dine and re­lax.

The old is be­ing made new again as his­toric build­ings are ren­o­vated in Eureka.

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