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Bluff in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse

 
 
Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2016
1. Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse Marker
Inscription.  Sketched by Remington Lange 1893
Bluff's log meetinghouse was the center of all public gatherings for the small community on the remote San Juan frontier. The meetinghouse, which was part of the north wall of the Bluff Fort, served as chapel, courthouse, ballroom, concert hall and schoolhouse. It was a place where pioneers were entertained with dances, dramatizations and musical performances. It was also a place of worship and learning, and on occasion, it sheltered families whose mud roofs failed to keep the rain out or whose cabins were flooded by the river. The meetinghouse was built in the latter part of 1880. "It offered a handy place for friends to meet, and for strolling lovers to rest in the evening. …not just a church, but simply a meetinghouse, vested with all essentials for solemn worship, but not too good nor too nice for any lawful service to the busy pioneers." On Christmas, "…children thronged the old log school house during the day, and the place became the scene of many a merry party in long winter evenings."
—Albert R. Lyman

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Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2016
2. Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducationEntertainmentSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 37° 17.054′ N, 109° 33.182′ W. Marker is in Bluff, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on Black Locust Avenue just east of 5th East, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted beside the fence, overlooking the subject Bluff Meetinghouse Replica. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 East Black Locust Avenue, Bluff UT 84512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Josephine Catherine Chatterley Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Co-op Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barton's Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Amasa Barton's Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away); Jens House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluff.
 
Also see . . .  The Old Log Meetinghouse and School. (this link includes good interior photos) At first, the residents of
Bluff Meetinghouse (<i>northeast corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2016
3. Bluff Meetinghouse (northeast corner)
Bluff met under the old cottonwood tree on the banks of the San Juan River. A more substantive meeting place was necessary, and Bluff's residents built a double-length "cabin" in which to hold meetings. A new section was added making it three times the length of a family cabin. (Submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Bluff Meetinghouse (<i>west side</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2016
4. Bluff Meetinghouse (west side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Aug. 8, 2022