Underwriting provided by:
The Laura Moore Cunningham
Foundation

Chesterfield


In the southeast corner of Idaho, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities, lies the small community of Chesterfield. What makes Chesterfield a true end of the road story is the fact that it's not even a real town anymore. Settled by Mormon pioneers in the late 1800's, it was once a productive farming community at its peak in the 1920's, claiming about 700 people. Hard winters, drought, and the Great Depression eventually drove most of the people away to find work elsewhere.

Chesterfield stood deserted for decades until 1980 when a group of descendants got together and started to restore the buildings. Today the Mormon ghost town is on the National Register of Historic Places, with most of the structures completely renovated and on display for visitors.