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

Settlement of Axtell

Settlement of Axtell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
1. Settlement of Axtell Marker
Inscription. Axtell, originally called Willow Creek, is a wide-spread, productive farming community located on the boundary of Sanpete and Sevier Counties. It is a living monument to the rugged characteristics of the pioneers who came to this valley. Axtell was settled by pioneer Axel Einarsen and a "handful of colonists"." These settlers homesteaded and cleared the land of sagebrush, rocks, and rattlers. They built reservoirs, irrigation systems, and dug wells by using teams, plows, picks, and shovels. Families hauled logs and dug pits for dugouts. These dugout shelters were usually 12 feet by 16 feet with a chimney sticking out of the ground. Some chose adobes made of mud and straw. In the spring of 1861, a tithing granary was built of logs. These pioneers displayed determination of spirit and purpose that even death, disaster, or the elements of nature could not drive them away.
In 1880 the first school was built of logs, whitewashed on the inside with clay, and furnished with slab and pine benches. The first teacher was Hannah Hansen. The children walked, rode on horseback, or arrived at school in wagons, buggies, or sleighs, depending upon the weather. The school building, built in 1898, served the community for school, social, and church events. Atop this monument is the original school bell. For years, the bell's clarion-call tolled for
Settlement of Axtell Marker and Bell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
2. Settlement of Axtell Marker and Bell
church, school, fire, flood, pending danger, and for funerals. The rock for this monument came from the home of Grover Jensen, the first boy born in Utah after statehood.
In 1876 Willow Creek was renamed for Governor Samuel B. Axtell in tribute to his friendliness with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) during the trying years before statehood.
Erected 2008 by Centerfield Company, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 551.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 39° 3.294′ N, 111° 49.332′ W. Marker is in Axtell, Utah, in Sanpete County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 89 and Center Street, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 89. Click for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Axtell UT 84621, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redmond Town Hall (approx. 4.1 miles away); Centerfield (approx. 4.6 miles away); First Public Buildings (approx. 4.6 miles away); Casino / Star Theatre (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Rock Church
Settlement of Axtell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
3. Settlement of Axtell Marker
(approx. 7.1 miles away); Salina Fort & Tithing Office (approx. 7.1 miles away); Gunnison (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Crosby Memorial Presbyterian Church and School of Salina (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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