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The Utah and Northern Railroad arrived here in 1879, bringing with it the birth of this town. The community draws its name from Hiram H. Spencer, a merchant and shipper who lived in the area during the line’s construction. Although the town never attracted a large population, it has garnered national attention for its opals. In 1948, deer hunters stumbled upon a large deposit of the precious stones, which are formed underground in still pools of water. Layers of microscopic silica spheres reflect light in such a way to produce the gem’s radiant rainbow colors. The Spencer Opal Mine offers tourists a chance to dig for their own opals.

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