Located 30 miles west of Beaver is the small city of Milford. Due to its location it has remained unknown to many Utah travelers. In its early days Milford was nothing more than a few shacks nearby the many mines that surround the area. In 1880 Arvin Stoddard was Milford's first settler. During the same time, prospectors were searching the hills west and southwest for lead, silver, and gold.
Also during this time Milford became the railroad terminal for the Southern Utah Line, which enhanced Milford's importance as a supply station and the shipping center for local mines and provided a loading place for the cattle of southern Utah. Today as you enter Milford from the West the first structure your see is the Historic Milford Hotel, constructed in 1913. On our visit we were fortunate to meet the owners, Bryon Mccarty, Brent and Lynn Severson, and Joy Tomlin. We were invited in to take a tour of this historic building, and Bryon was gracious enough to give us some history about the building and the surrounding area. Currently the owners are restoring this building with hopes that one day they can open it up as a bed & breakfast.
For those that enjoy exploring Utah's desert country and mining past you must visit Milford. This town is a great starting place to visit some of Utah's most famous mining towns such as Frisco. The outdoor activities are endless around this area; you can enjoy hiking, ATV trails, rock hounding, hot springs and much more. Visit the Milford historic park and learn more about this areas mining history and past explorers. Stop by the old Caboose on Main Street for more information about what you can discover on your visit to Milford.