Russian Settlement is a ghost town in the Park Valley area of Box Elder County, Utah, United States.It is not known what name, if any, the settlers gave to their community; it has been called "Box Elder County’s ghost town with no name."
On January 1, 1842, Rotchev and about one hundred colonists sailed from Bodega Bay on the last Russian ship bound for Sitka. After 30 years, the flag of the Russian-American Company was lowered at Fort Ross, and the Russian epoch in the history of California came to a close.
Russia reached the Pacific coast in 1647 with the establishment of Okhotsk, and consolidated its control over the Russian Far East in the 19th century, after annexation part of Chinese Manchuria. Primorskaya Oblast was established as a separate administrative division of the Russian Empire in 1856, with its administrative center at Khabarovsk .
At its operational peak in 1828, roughly 60 Russian, 80 native Alaskans, and 80 local Indians lived in or worked at the Fort Ross settlement. In 1821, following Mexico’s war of independence against Spain, the Russian Tsar Alexander I closed the waters of Pacific Northwest and California to …
Russian America and the Pacific, 1787 European archives are full of written instructions to the founders and governors of New World settlements. Many of the …
By the end of 1917, Russian Settlement was a ghost town. Most of the settlers returned to the Los Angeles area. Box Elder County residents removed the buildings, moving some to new locations and salvaging the rest for materials.
Carlos Schwantes, in The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History (p. 42), comments that before 1774 Spain “showed little interest in a region that seemed so pitifully lacking in either economic resources or good harbors,” and had to be roused from “her imperial lethargy” by Russian advances toward Alaska. These comments don’t portray Spanish colonization very fully.
The Spanish sent only a handful of expeditions from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest between 1774 and 1795; these vessels came to claim, defend, and explore the territory, but never to do business there.