Harrisburg through a Holga lens

For a bit of the history of this Southern Utah ghost town located just south of Leeds, I’ll refer back to a story I wrote on the town for the Spectrum.

“Harrisburg was founded in 1859 when Moses Harris and his family built their home at the confluence of the Virgin River and Quail and Cottonwood creeks, the area where Quail Creek Reservoir would be built more than a century later, according to the Washington County Historical Society.

“Other families joined them and a few improvements were made but by 1861 the settlement had moved upstream on Quail Creek to the site where the town would stay until it was abandoned in the 1890s.

The Orson B. Adams home in the ghost town of Harrisburg, Utah.

“A number of the homes in Harrisburg were built by Willard G. McMullin, a stonemason from Maine, who arrived in Harrisburg in 1862, according to the information posted on signs in the ghost town by the Bureau of Land Management. Most of the land that was part of the town of Harrisburg is now part of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.

“A portion of the south wall of McMullin’s home in Harrisburg could be seen for decades from the freeway as drivers made their way through the dip between the Hurricane exit and the Leeds exit on I-15.”

That wall is still there although it’s rapidly crumbling.

On the other side of the creek that runs through the little valley, however, stands the Orson B. Adams home. It’s been completely restored.

There are also rock walls throughout the valley and the remains of a movie set in Harrisburg. The set, the remains of which consists of a crumbling rock well and a stucco and wood building designed to look like a portion of a Mexican village, was built in 1958 for a Gary Cooper picture called “They Came to Cordura.”

Here are a few more of the images I captured on my most recent trip out there with my Canon 5D Mark III with a Holga lens attached.

The remains of the set for the film “They Came to Cordura” in the ghost town of Harrisburg, Utah.
The Orson B. Adams home in the ghost town of Harrisburg, Utah.
The remains of the set for the film “They Came to Cordura” in the ghost town of Harrisburg, Utah.
The remains of a wall in the ghost town of Harrisburg, Utah.