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Salem in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Pond Town Fort

 
 
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By Steven Tanner
1. Pond Town Fort Marker
Inscription.  This monument marks the site of Pond Town Fort. In 1851 David Fairbanks and David Crockett located land adjacent to a small stream at the head of Salem Lake and built a dam. In 1856 Eli Ashcraft, Royal Durfrey, Silas Hillman, Aquilla Hopper, Jacob Killian, Trumen Tryon and their families settled Pond Town and began building the fort for protection from the Indians. The fort was 160 feet north and south and 150 east and west. Robert Davis and Thomas Killian arrived later in the same year. The name of Pond Town was changed to Salem, (City of Peace) by Lyman Curtis. Salem Camp D.U.P.
 
Erected 1938 by Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 36.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1938.
 
Location. 40° 3.192′ N, 111° 40.747′ W. Marker is in Salem, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is on South 300 West, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
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By Steven Tanner
2. Pond Town Fort Marker
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13 South 300 West, Salem UT 84653, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salem’s First Post Office (a few steps from this marker); N.E. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away); S.E. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort (approx. 2.8 miles away); The John Dixon House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Samuel Douglass House (approx. 2.9 miles away); City Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Payson's Pioneer Industry (approx. 2.9 miles away); Payson City Library (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Pond Town Fort
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
3. Pond Town Fort Marker
Pond Town Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
4. Pond Town Fort Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2017, by Steven Tanner of Spanish Fork, Utah. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2017, by Steven Tanner of Spanish Fork, Utah.   3, 4. submitted on April 24, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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