“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site

Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
1. Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site Marker
Inscription. Utah's first pioneer burial site was located just thirty feet west and two hundred feet south of this point. Here, thirty-three Utah pioneers were buried beginning with three year-old Milton Thirlkill. This youngster from Mississippi drowned on 11 August 1847 in City Creek, three days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley.

Other pioneers known to have rested here include Caroline Van Dyke Grant (26 Sept. 1847), Eliza Ann Rich (11 Feb. 1849), perhaps Laura Exphena Rich (7-9 May 1849), and other unidentified members of the Charles C. Rich and Vincent Shurtliff families.

Lost to memory for decades, the site was discovered during construction work in 1986, The burials had been placed by the pioneers in the soft earth of a prehistoric Indian mound which, when excavated, also revealed several Native American burials.

The burial site was one block east of the "Old Fort" (now Pioneer Park). Salt Lake City's first settlement site. The Fort soon expanded onto the blocks to the north and south. The site would have initially served this early municipal area.

All surviving remains were scientifically removed and carefully reinterred. Unfortunately, not all the remains could be identified on the basis of existing records. The pioneers are reburied in an appropriate historic setting at Pioneer Trail
Marker and Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
2. Marker and Monument
State Park, 2601 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, overlooking the valley they came to settle.
Erected 1987 by Block 49 Commitee.
Location. 40° 45.758′ N, 111° 53.823′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of 200 West and 300 South, on the right when traveling south on 200 West. Click for map. The marker is on the southwest corner of the intersection and on the grounds of the Palladio Apartments. Marker is at or near this postal address: 360 S 200 West, Salt Lake City UT 84101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broadway Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 700 feet away); Congregation B'Nai Israel (about 700 feet away); Salt Lake City High School (about 700 feet away); Peery Hotel (about 700 feet away); Utah's First Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 910 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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