(Old Mill Club)

6900 Cottonwood Canyon Road, Cottonwood Heights, UT

Status: Former Paper Mill; Former Dance Hall; Abandoned


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The building was originally built in 1883 by the Deseret News – a newspaper that is still published in Salt Lake City – to grind logs into paper. While the mill was in operation it was creating 5 tons of paper a day.

In 1892 the mill was sold and in 1893 fire broke out in the paper storage room which left only the stone walls by the time it was put out.

In 1927 the building was partially restored and turned into an open air dance hall. The dance hall remained open until the 1940’s and then opened again the 60’s when bands played live there. In 1970’s and 80’s it was used as a haunted house attraction.

It was declared as a historic site in 1996 and then condemned by the city in 2005.


Paranormal Activity

It is said that 2 vagrants and their dog died in a fire here. There is only one recorded fire at this location – the one in 1893 – and there are no fatalities or injuries reported in that fire. There is also a story of a caretaker killing himself here but nothing can be found in the history of that either.

The entire building and close surrounding area is reported as feeling oppressive and just plain eerie.

People report lights in the building despite years of no electricity; cold spots, objects moving on their own; doors opening and closing on their own; electrical disturbances and the phantom barks of a dog.