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Mesa in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Arizona's Honeymoon Trail
 
Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, February 13, 2010
1. Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker
 
Inscription. For nearly forty years, couples from Arizona settlements left their homes each fall after harvest and traveled 400 miles to St. George, Utah. Winding slowly through desert and steep canyons, crossing barren plateaus, and passing rivers and pools of undrinkable water, these travelers made their way to be married in the St. George Temple, the only temple completed at that time. The trail followed the old wagon road across the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry. Couples from Snowflake and Taylor were the first known to make the trip in 1881. Some couples married in civil ceremony before leaving, while others were escorted by chaperones. A few couples, waiting to afford the trip, had children who accompanied them. Frequently couples banded together for the trip. Before leaving on the long, hazardous journey, wagons were loaded with food packed in grub boxes, and water barrels were mounted on the wagon sides. Supplies of hay and grain for the animals were also transported. When needed, settlers along the way furnished food and water from their meager supplies.

Because of the romantic nature of these adventures, reporter Will C. Barnes gave the route its name, The Honeymoon Trail. After the Atlantic Pacific Railroad was completed in 1885, a few couples went by train, and later by auto. When the Mesa Arizona Temple was dedicated
 
Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, February 13, 2010
2. Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker
 
in 1927, the journey was no longer necessary. The old trail still is visible in a few places. The route was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. This slender thread that connected the Arizona settlements to the St. George Temple became an enduring testimony to the faith of these settlers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A pattern of sacrifice aided the pioneers in settling the Arizona and New Mexico wilderness.
 
Erected 2001 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers Maricopa East Company. (Marker Number 532.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 33° 24.949′ N, 111° 49.178′ W. Marker is in Mesa, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located in Pioneer Park between North Lesueur Street and North Hobson Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 526 East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mesa (a few steps from this marker); Mesa Pioneer Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sirrine House (approx. mile away); The Alhambra Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mesa Woman's Club House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Landmark Restaurant / Mesa Community College (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mesa Grande (approx. 1.9 miles away); Prehistoric Irrigation in the Salt River Valley (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mesa.
 
Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, February 13, 2010
3. Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker
Arizona's Honeymoon Trail Marker is on left and Mesa Marker is on right,being viewed by couple.
 

 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Honeymoon Trail. In addition to an essay on the history of the trail, there are many diary notations from some of the travelers as they worked their way to St. George, Utah. (Submitted on February 15, 2010.) 

2. Honeymoon Trail Inscriptions. As couples traveled along the Honeymoon Trail many etched their names on canyon walls. A photo album of many of these inscriptions is displayed here. (Submitted on February 15, 2010.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,622 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of remnants of the trail located in Northern Arizona. • Can you help?
 
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