The Birth of Upton
Monday, April 10, 2017
Upton as we know it began as Irontown in the 1880’s. An early settlement, the town was renamed Merino in 1889 as it became a railway stop. The next year, the population grew to 400 and the town became official – receiving its first post office. The name was changed again in 1902, landing on its final name of Upton after John Upton, a member of the 1864 mining expedition.
The railroad continued to bring settlers and prosperity to Upton and the town continued to grow, launching many small businesses. In 1909 it received electricity and telephones, allowing for modernization. Today, the railroad continues to be vital to the economy and success of Upton, as is ranching.