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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct

 
 
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By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
1. Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct Marker
Inscription. Parley's Creek, originally known by the Indian name Obit-Ko-Ke-Che Creek, was the largest stream of water which flowed from the Wasatch Mountains into the valley. This creek had beginnings high in the Wasatch Mountains to the north near what became known as Pratt's Pass, near Lookout Peak. It ran through the pass near Little Mountain Summit and over into Parley's Canyon, where it was joined by other streams on its journey into the valley. From its entrance into the valley, the water coursed its way northwest until it finally joined the Jordan River near Fifth South Street on its way to Great Salt Lake.

With the growth area west and north of the mouth of Parley's Canyon, it became apparent that a way had to be found to carry the water to those needing it. Ditches were dug which were fine for those living in the bottom lands of the hollow, but it was soon determined that if walls were to be built with a conduit running along its top, like those done by the ancient Romans but on a much smaller scale, water could be lifted up to the plateaus on the north and south sides of the hollow. A water commission was formed of property owners in the bottom, north and south plateau areas to determine how this was to be done as well as to see that the water was fairly distributed.

The walls were built of sandstone blocks from the
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By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
2. Sandstone Wall and Marker
canyon and were constructed with the channel on the topo to convey the water as needed. The reservoir was built in 1891, and the walls shortly after. Only a relatively small segment remains. It is still a handsome piece of masonry, forty feet high where it cut across a ravine and an arch was laid up to allw for the water draining through the ravine to be unhampered in its course to Parley's Creek. Early photographs show lombardy poplars had been planted along the route, at least along the segment still extant.

This section of the north wall is all that remains of either wall. The rocks were either abandoned in place or lifted out and used for construction of other buildings or left on the valley floor. The water needs were provided for in the construction of the Mountain Dell Reservoir five miles up the canyon in 1915.
 
Erected 1996 by Olympus Hills Chapter, Sons of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 77.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 40° 42.699′ N, 111° 48.37′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Touch for map. Marker can be reached by traveling approximately 3,600 feet east along Parley's Trail from Tanner Park. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
3. Sandstone Wall and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dudler's Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Dudler's Wine Cellar (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of the Black Pioneer (approx. 1˝ miles away); Donner Hill (approx. 2.8 miles away); This is the Place Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Crowds Cheered On . . . (approx. 2.8 miles away); Unsung Heroes (approx. 2.9 miles away); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Categories. AgricultureMan-Made Features
 
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By Andrew Johnson, September 23, 2018
4. Top of the Sandstone Wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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