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Near New Harmony in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Snowfield Monument

“Franciscan Fathers”

 
 
Snowfield Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
1. Snowfield Monument Marker
Inscription. October 13, 1776: "We set out southward from the small river and campsite of Nuestra Senora del Pilar ("Our Lady of the Pillar" – Kolob Canyon of Zion Canyon National Park)…" and…"We traveled a league and a half to the south, descended to the little Rio del Pilar (Ash Creek) which here has a leafy cottonwood grove, crossed it, now leaving the valley of the Senor San Jose, and entered a stony cut in the form of a pass between two high sierras…" "We continued without a guide, and having traveled with great difficulty over the many stones for a league to the south, we descended a second time to the Rio del Pilar and halted on its banks in a pretty cottonwood grove, naming the place San Daniel – Today five leagues south."

Franciscan Fathers Atanasio Dominguez, Sylvestre Velez de Escalante and eight other members of a daring exploration party departed the Mision de Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 29. 1776, in an attempt to establish contact with the Franciscan mission at Monterey, California. Following previous expeditions into the Spanish borderlands they were able to cross the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Colorado, and entered the unexplored regions of the Great Basin near Spanish Fork, Utah. They then proceeded southward along the Wasatch Mountains expecting a westward flowing river that would eventually
Map on Snowfield Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
2. Map on Snowfield Monument Marker
take them to the Pacific Ocean. Disappointed and facing the reality of winter snows they "cast lots" at a point near Cedar City, Utah, on October 11, 1776, and elected to return to Santa Fe by a southern route. Their encampment here at "San Daniel" represents the first recorded entry of non-native people into Washing County, Utah. The Fathers arrived back at the Santa Fe Mission on January 2, 1777, having traveled over 1800 miles and recording one of the greatest explorations in American history. Their observations and maps were instrumental in the opening of the American Southwest to further exploration and commercial use of the National Historic Old Spanish Trail.
 
Erected by Sons of Utah Pioneers and Washington County Historical Society. (Marker Number 159.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 37° 21.63′ N, 113° 15.708′ W. Marker is near New Harmony, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on Interstate 15 at milepost 33, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is 300 feet south of exit 33 on the east side frontage road. Marker is in this post office area: New Harmony UT 84757, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as
Snowfield Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
3. Snowfield Monument Marker
In center of photograph.
the crow flies. Kolob Canyons (approx. 6.2 miles away); Collapsing Scenery (approx. 6.2 miles away); In Honor of Chief Toquer (approx. 7.4 miles away); Toquer (approx. 7.4 miles away); Toquerville (approx. 7.4 miles away); Fort Harmony (approx. 8.4 miles away); New Harmony (approx. 8.5 miles away); Military Training Camp Site (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Harmony.
 
Categories. ExplorationHispanic Americans
 
Snowfield Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
4. Snowfield Monument Marker
San Daniel Campsite - October 13, 1776 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
5. San Daniel Campsite - October 13, 1776
Text of marker have been removed. This was originally installed by Bureau of Land Management.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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