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

Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery

 
 
Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
1. Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Utah South Center Company Daughters of Utah Pioneers, in conjunction with the City of Spanish Fork, community donors, and volunteers have reclaimed and restored this hallowed ground in remembrance of the pioneers who persevered through uncommon hardships because they had faith in their God and in their cause.
The pioneers chose this bluff overlooking the river as their sacred burial ground. We reverence the lives of these stalwart settlers who came into a barren land and built on a foundation of faith. Settling a community was arduous, backbreaking work that required unity. They lived in wagon boxes, tents, and dugouts along the river bank. They plowed, sowed crops, herded cattle, irrigated, and built roads and bridges. These pioneers were dependent upon one another for their very survival. When death occurred, they mourned together.
The first settlers arrived in 1850. Their life and death struggles while facing hunger, hostile natives, disease, grasshoppers, and crop failure are heroic and heartrending. Spanish Fork City was chartered, then surveyed in 1855 by Stake President James Chauncey Snow under the direction of George A.
Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery Marker <i>on the right</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
2. Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery Marker on the right
Pioneer Cemetery Marker is on the left.
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Smith, first counselor to LDS Church President Brigham Young. Spanish Fork combined the "upper" and "lower" settlements. The settlers' lives, deeds, and devotion to the establishment of this community write a powerful chapter in the chronicles of Spanish Fork's early history. Their valiant examples of strength and courage have left a legacy to be treasured. May this sacred and hallowed ground be a place of rest, reflection, and reverence.
 
Erected 2009 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Utah South Center Company. (Marker Number 557.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 40° 5.131′ N, 111° 37.746′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fork, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is at the intersection of 1530 East and 1900 South, on the right when traveling south on 1530 East. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spanish Fork UT 84660, 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. Pioneer Cemetery (here, next to this marker); First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States (approx. 1˝ miles away); Spanish Fork Grist Mills (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dominguez y Escalante Expedition (approx. 1.9
Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 1, 2018
3. Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery
miles away); Old Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Lush Valley of the Timpanogotzis (approx. 2.1 miles away); Escalante (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Academy (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spanish Fork.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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