The Heartbeat of America. Cisco, Utah

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Cisco is an interesting place. I live in Colorado and have done the drive to Moab once or twice a year – every year – for roughly the last 23 years (so while never having lived in Cisco I’ve been through there *a lot*).

In that quarter of a century it really hasn’t changed much. Always referred to as a “ghost town” it always had folks lurking around in it in a semi-permanent living situation. It’s clearly a town that was closely tied to the railroad as the tracks run very close to where all the structures are.

I think the most interesting (and subtle) thing about the town is that for a long time exit 214 on I-70, which goes through Cisco and connects to SH-128 into Moab, was called out on the sign as “Cisco”. However, sometime in 2012-ish, the sign randomly changed to [Danish Flat](https://www.google.com/maps/@39.0425673,-109.2772416,3a,75y,224.17h,88.14t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sLCSkfwlQmclwq7DDIk2oXw!2e0). Exit 214, ten miles further west, still calls out [Cisco](https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9456828,-109.3977264,3a,75y,262.68h,88.63t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sLOUWw_-8xzQcDsK2uhQybw!2e0) on the sign. I’m not sure why it changed after so many years and such little difference in the town itself, but my supposition is that the small contingent of permanent residents were sick of Moab traffic riding through town and successfully lobbied to change the sign.

It remains a strange place that doesn’t really want you there (but the best way to get to Moab coming from the east).

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