SALT LAKE CITY -- We always talk about the biggest and the tallest. FOX 13’s Max Roth took a look at the other side -- the smallest.
Utah has three incorporated towns with fewer than 100 residents. Those towns are Brian Head in Iron County, Ophir in Tooele County and Scofield in Carbon County.
Brian Head has 86 residents but it's a destination for skiers from hundreds of miles around, according to the city’s website.
Residents call themselves America's highest resort town. But in the summer, its high altitude offers a nice, cool relief from the southern Utah heat. It's also right around the corner from Cedar Breaks.
Ophir on the west slope of the Oquirrh Mountains, wasn't always a sleepy, almost ghost town. Tooele County's official website describes how the mining boom in the 1860s brought brothels, saloons and dance halls. During the Live at 4 newscast we reported the town had 46 people. Ophir Mayor Walt Shubert called the newsroom and said the town actually has 23 residents.
Tied with Ophir is Scofield.
Scofield had about 700 residents on May 1, 1900, when an explosion in the Winter Quarters coal mine killed 199 men. The incident is among Utah’s biggest disasters.
Today, the 23 residents rely on an economy bolstered by the Scofield Reservoir.