Hite City Remains of a “boom town” lie in the lake below
you. The small town – once a miners’ haven –
bears the name of the early settler Cass hite, who
first found gold here in 1883.
Following World War II, the population of Hite
City increased to more than 200 people. Instead of searching for gold, residents swept the area for uranium. Locals said the miners had “uranium on the cranium” as prospectors searched for “hot” rocks or ore.
Like all mining booms in the West, this one, too, eventually dwindled, returning Hite to its small-town existence. Finally in 1964, the rising waters of Lake Powell engulfed Hite, ending forever what dreams of prosperity had begun.