Wales Travel Guide

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Wales Overview

Wales is a tiny town of about 300 (up 38% since 2000) located along New Mexico Highway 117 in Sanpete County in Central Utah. Wales lies on the west side of the Sanpete Valley, at the foot of the Sanpitch Mountains. Wales was established as a mining town in 1854 when a prominent member of the Ute Indian Tribe showed Brigham Young a deposit of coal in the area. Young wanted to mine the coal and found some miners from Wales who had joined the church and Young asked them to start a town here. They did so and the town was named “Coal Bed”. The town’s name was changed in 1857 to “Wales” in honor of the country of origin of many of the miners. Wales had a railroad depot and grew to be an important mining center until a more productive source of coal was found. The town then dwindled down to only a few hundred residents. Many of the residents of today are descendants of those first miners. Wales today has no stores and no traffic lights, but it does have an historic plaque, a community center, and a nice little park. There are two locations in Wales listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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