“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Modern Irrigation

Modern Irrigation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
1. Modern Irrigation Marker
Inscription.  Commemorating the beginning in America of Modern Irrigation in this vicinity on July 23 and 24, 1847, by the “Mormon” pioneers.
“Encamped near the bank of a beautiful creek of pure, cold water. •• In about two hours after our arrival we began to plow, and the same afternoon built a dam to irrigate the soil.”

“July 24th •• This forenoon commenced planting our potatoes after which we turned the water upon them and gave the ground quite a soaking.”

Orson Pratt thus records compliance with the instructions of Brigham Young, who with the main company, arrived about the time the irrigation began.

This tablet is within the half-acre of ground first plowed, as identified by William Carter who held the plow.
Placed by the Utah State Conference, Daughters of the American Revolution, July 23; 1931.
Marker on 300 South image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 19, 2007
2. Marker on 300 South
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.” Isaiah 35;1.

Erected 1931 by Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
Location. 40° 45.781′ N, 111° 53.241′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on 300 South, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 E 300 South, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salt Lake Stock and Mining Exchange (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Camping Grounds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commercial Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan Commercial & Normal College (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Grand Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Salt Lake City and County Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Herald Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Salt Lake Herald Building (approx. ¼ mile away); First National Bank Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,576 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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