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40° 38′ 8″ N, 111° 24′ 53″ W
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Keetley is a ghost town located in Wasatch County, Utah, United States. It began as a mining community, with a spur of the Union Pacific Railroad increasing the economic interest in the community for a short time. The village was submerged by the waters of Jordanelle Reservoir in 1995 along with Hailstone.
The town began as a mining camp. Its first name was Camp Florence, for the first “lady” to visit the camp. It became a Pony Express station and a center for the area’s mining and lumber industries. As it grew into a town, it was renamed for Jack Keetley, a Pony Express rider and local mining supervisor.
Because of its proximity to Park City and the Jordanelle Reservoir, while the site of Keetley itself is now completely submerged by the reservoir, the surrounding area is today the site of new construction, bringing in large resort-style home developments such as Hideout Canyon, Todd Hollow and Deer Mountain. In 2008 the town of Hideout was incorporated in this area.
A large, 150-acre (61 ha) farm was established after much intense labor to clear the land of the ubiquitous rocks. While the women and children tended to chickens, pigs, and goats, the men went to work farming sugar beets. The settlement lasted until the end of World War II when two-thirds returned to their homes in California and the rest scattered to other communities in Utah.