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

Union Fort

Union Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tyler Thorsted
1. Union Fort Marker
Inscription.  Early in 1849 the Pioneers of Union settled 1½ miles South-East of here, water, grass, wood and clay were abundant, Silas Richards first Bishop and school teacher arrived November 4, 1949. In 1853-54 Union Fort was built on ten acres donated by Jehu Cox. The wall made of rocks and adobes with clay mortar was 6 feet thick at the base, 2 feet at the top and 12 feet high. It enclosed 23 homes and a school used also as a Church and amusement hall. The wall ran North and South 25 feet West of this marker. The name "union" was suggested by William McGuire, school teacher, to emphasize the unity existing among the Saints.
Erected 1947 by Union Lions Club, American Legion, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association. (Marker Number 109.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionForts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 40° 
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37.269′ N, 111° 51.535′ W. Marker is in Midvale, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Union Park Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in the parking area of a large shopping complex behind the Walmart Superstore. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Midvale UT 84047, 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. Traders Rest (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sandy-Alta Railroad (approx. 2.2 miles away); Murray Smelting (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pony Express Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mingo Smelter (approx. 2.8 miles away); Welcome to the Cottonwood Heights Historic Walk (approx. 2.9 miles away); Agriculture (approx. 2.9 miles away); South Butler School (approx. 2.9 miles away).
Union Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tyler Thorsted, April 24, 2020
2. Union Fort Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2020, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2020, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2023