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Spanish Fork in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States

 
 
First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
1. First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States Marker
Inscription.  Leif Eiriksson, an Icelander, discovered America in 1000 A.D. Eight centuries later 1855-1860 sixteen pioneers from Iceland established in Spanish Fork the first permanent Icelandic settlement in the United States. They were: Samuel Bjarnson & Wife Margret; Thordur Didriksson & wife Helga; Sudmundur Gudmundsson; Loftur Jonsson & Wife Gudrun; Jon Jonsson & wife Anna; Gudrun Jonsdottir: Magnus Bjarnson & wife Thuridur; Vigdis Bjarnadottier (Holt); Gundy E. Haflidiason; Ragnildur S. Hanson and Mary H. Sherwood.
 
Erected 1938 by Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 35.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 40° 6.282′ N, 111° 38.454′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fork, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is at the intersection of 400 S 800 and East Canyon Road, on the right when traveling east on 400 S 800. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 S 800 E, Spanish Fork UT 84660, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
2. First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States Marker
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3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish Fork Grist Mills (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lush Valley of the Timpanogotzis (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Escalante (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Academy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Leland (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fork.
 
More about this marker. The monument sits on a corner. It has a large white monument in the shape of a lighthouse with a stone bench at the bottom and pipe railings around it. Behind this there is a wall with Icelandic Monument in raised stone letters.
 
First Settlement of Iselanders in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tate Tanner
3. First Settlement of Iselanders in the United States Marker
Icelandic Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
4. Icelandic Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2017, by Tate Tanner of Spanish fork, Utah. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on February 7, 2017, by Tate Tanner of Spanish fork, Utah.   4. submitted on April 23, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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