Delta Solar Ruins & Tintic Standard Reduction Mill

Day 5…

After visiting the Ward Charcoal Ovens in Ely, NV, Devin and I drove to Baker, NV to get as close to the Utah border as possible. It was dark when we pulled into Baker and found a room. The front office of where we were staying had already closed, but I had been in touch with the innkeeper, so I called him to let him know we had arrived. He came and brought us our key and showed us to our room.

Devin and I hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so he gave us a recommendation to eat at the Border Inn Restaurant and Motel, which he said was probably the only place that would be open for miles at this time of night. The Border Inn Restaurant and Motel is unique in that the motel rooms are located in Utah and you are in the Mountain Time Zone, and the restaurant and casino are located in Nevada and are in the Pacific Time Zone. We were basically in two places and two times at the same time (Mind blown!)

We had a great meal, as we chatted about what we had seen and kind of mapped out what the next day was going to look like. We headed back to our room after dinner to get some rest before another full day of exploring.

We got up early and ended up having another awesome meal at the Border Inn Restaurant and Motel before heading to Delta, Utah.


Our first stop in Delta was an unexpected one, as we didn’t know we would happen upon a shoe tree! Shoe trees are a popular thing in Oregon, so it was fun to see one in another state.

Delta, Utah Shoe Tree

While at the shoe tree, Devin made another unexpected discovery, a super cool geocache! We could see the solar ruins off in the distance, so we knew we were close. We hopped back in the car and followed the route the GPS took us, down a remote and lonely gravel road.

The Delta Solar Project was an experiment of sorts to collect the sun’s rays and convert them into energy. All that remains now are the shattered remnants of a solar project gone wrong. The cheap materials used to build the solar panels were no match for the high winds that tend to rip through the desert. The rusty ruins are a fun relic to visit and make for a cool photo opp.

Delta Solar Ruins

I have been to the Tintic Standard Reduction Mill before, but Devin had not, and I knew he would love to check it out. Located in Goshen, Utah, that was our next stop. It was built in 1920, and was only in operation from 1921 to 1925. Metals processed at the mill included copper, gold, silver, and lead, all of which were received from another mill near Eureka, Utah.

From its prominent place on the side of a mountain, it would almost blend right into its surroundings but for the colorful array of graffiti all over it. Devin and I had a blast exploring the nooks and crannies of this ruin from another time.

Tintic Standard Reduction Mill

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