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Tie Fork Visitor Center
Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah

  • project Tie Fork Visitor Center
  • client Division of Facilities Construction Management, UDOT
  • architect Archiplex Group, LLC
  • landscape architect PEPG Engineering; Landscape Planning: Love Land Landscape + Gardens Inc.
  • general contractor Cameron Construction
  • electrical planning PVE, INC.; BHB Consulting Engineers

The Tie Fork Vis­i­tor Center is nes­tled in Span­ish Fork Canyon, Utah, located on US Route 6 at mile marker 202. The classy design of the vis­i­tor center is in remem­brance of the old exist­ing town of Tucker and also to the his­tory of the rail­road her­itage from the Sol­dier Summit and Helper areas. The small town of Tucker, which was located two miles south of the vis­i­tor center, existed from the early 1900s to about 1915. In its prime in about 1910, over 200 res­i­dents called Tucker home and were sup­ported by a loco­mo­tive depot and the Scofield and Pleas­ant Valley rail sys­tems.

The Tie Fork rest stop was built to resem­ble a train depot of the early 1900s and even includes a replica of a 1900s steam loco­mo­tive proudly dis­played on site. Local tele­vi­sion sta­tion SKSL 5 News high­lighted the Tie Fork Vis­i­tors Center as the top rest stop in the nation. The design and project were impres­sive and voted one of the most beau­ti­ful build­ings in Utah in a com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects (AIA) in 2010.

The 2,500 square foot facil­ity includes dis­play area, restrooms, out­side picnic areas, and a con­crete court­yard. The infor­ma­tion kiosks and picnic table area incor­po­rate the Saturn 4 post-top and wall mount fix­tures through­out, com­ple­ment­ing the rustic look with their resem­blance to antique gas lanterns. Trav­el­ers taking US 6 from Green River Utah to Utah County have a unique and inter­est­ing place to stop during their trip.

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