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.