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Our Genealogy Helper for Callao (aka 'Willow Springs Station') ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Callao (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Callao. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Callao ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name.

  • Prior to its current name of Callao, it was known as Willow Springs.

Callao was originally named:

  • Willow Springs

Callao has also been known as:

  • Willow Springs Station

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Callao is located in Juab County.

To see how the shape of Utah's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Juab County: White Pine (NV), Millard, Sanpete, Tooele & Utah.

Below are the counties that are near Callao. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Callao:

  • Juab County     (The home county of Callao)
    • Boyd Station [Juab County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boyd Station
      • Boyd Station [Juab County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Callao
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Boyd Station. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Trout Creek [Juab County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trout Creek
      • Trout Creek [Juab County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Callao
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trout Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trout Creek
    • Goshute [Juab County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goshute
      • Goshute [Juab County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Callao
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goshute
    • Fish Springs [Juab County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fish Springs
      • Fish Springs [Juab County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Callao
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Fish Springs. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Partoun [Juab County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Partoun
      • Partoun [Juab County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Callao
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Partoun
    • Black Rock Station [Juab County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Rock Station
      • Black Rock Station [Juab County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Callao
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Black Rock Station. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
      • Black Rock Station has also been known as:
      • Rock House Station
  • Millard County
  • Tooele County
    • Canyon Station [Tooele County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canyon Station
      • Canyon Station [Tooele County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Callao
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Canyon Station. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Clifton [Tooele County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
      • Clifton [Tooele County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north of Callao
    • Ibapah [Tooele County]
    • Gold Hill [Tooele County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gold Hill
      • Gold Hill [Tooele County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Callao
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gold Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gold Hill
  • White Pine County (NV)
    • Parker [White Pine County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parker
      • Parker [White Pine County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Callao
    • Tungstonia [White Pine County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tungstonia
      • Tungstonia [White Pine County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Callao
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tungstonia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Callao, see our County-by-County Page for Callao.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Callao:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Nevada
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Callao ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Callao.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Callao covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

While we didn't find Callao in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Callao.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Callao, with the one closest to Callao listed first.

  • Trout Creek [Juab County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trout Creek
    • Trout Creek [Juab County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Callao
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Trout Creek had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trout Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trout Creek
  • Ibapah [Tooele County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ibapah
    • Ibapah [Tooele County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Callao
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ibapah had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former name for Ibapah:
    • Deep Creek
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ibapah
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ibapah<4>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Callao. See our List of 1890's Communities around Callao.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Callao ...

While our initial data about Callao came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Callao in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Callao.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Utah Place Names
(Available from Amazon.com)

Written by: Van Cott, John W.

Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990

1915-1916 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Callao


Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Callao. See our Misc Page for Callao for more information.

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About Juab County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Callao. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Juab County: www.co.juab.ut.us/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Callao) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Callao. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Callao

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Callao. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.8979, Longitude: -113.7141       In this case, the coordinates for Callao have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Callao, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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