Picture of the William Ajax Underground Store.

With only a shovel and a wheelbarrow, entrepreneur businessman William Ajax created this unique two-store underground store in 1870. Patrons from nearby farms, ranches and mines found a wide variety of merchandise, food, clothing, housewares, hardware, tools and medicines.  Goods were arranged in department store style.  It was estimated the value of the merchandise was in excess of $70,000.  The store was operated until 1914 when family of William Ajax liquidated the store.

Location: On State Route 36 between Clover and Vernon.

Tooele County map showing where the William Ajax Underground Store was located.

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