Cisco is a small ghost town located in Grand County, Utah, United States. It was established in the late 1800s as a water stop for steam locomotives traveling through the region. The town grew as a result of mining activity in the surrounding hills, particularly for coal and silver.
During its peak, Cisco had several hundred residents and was a bustling community with stores, hotels, and other businesses. However, the town began to decline in the early 1900s due to a number of factors, including the decline of mining activity in the area and the construction of a new railroad line that bypassed the town.
By the 1940s, most of the residents had left Cisco, and the town became a popular location for filmmakers due to its unique, abandoned buildings and dusty desert landscape. Several movies have been filmed in and around Cisco, including:
- “Vanishing Point” (1971) – a cult classic about a man who delivers a car from Denver to San Francisco while being chased by police.
- “Thelma & Louise” (1991) – a road movie about two women who embark on a journey that ultimately leads to tragedy.
- “Don’t Come Knocking” (2005) – a drama about an aging movie star who goes on a journey of self-discovery after walking off the set of his latest film.
Today, Cisco is a ghost town that is open to the public for exploration and photography. Many of the town’s buildings and structures are still standing, although they are in various states of decay. Visiting Cisco provides a unique opportunity to experience a piece of Utah’s mining and railroad history, as well as a chance to see a piece of Hollywood movie history.