Bluff in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Site of Kumen Jones Home
• Member of San Juan Mission Exploring Party
• Driver of one of first wagons through Hole-in-the-Rock
• First Superintendent of San Juan Schools
• Church Leader and Missionary to Indians
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 17.053′ N, 109° 33.209′ W. Marker is in Bluff, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is at the intersection of Black Locust Avenue and 5th East, on the left when traveling west on Black Locust Avenue. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the intersection, overlooking the subject Kumen Jones Home site. 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. Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Josephine Catherine Chatterley Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Co-op Store (within shouting distance of this The Barton's Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt (about 300 feet away); Amasa Barton's Blacksmith Shop (about 400 feet away); Jens House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluff.
Regarding Site of Kumen Jones Home. "How I Lost My Left Leg":
"Took sore between the ankle and calf of my leg along in the year 1936, Feb. 1st. The old timers called it a bite of a Black Spider. It was extremely painful and developed fast. April had Dr. Kent and assistant take the leg off. They told me that I had one chance out of a hundred against my pulling thru the operation. April was taken to the local hospital (Mesa) for ten days, where it soon developed that the operation was not successful; was brought out to Dr. Johnson, Cortez, Colorado. Dr. Johnson with an assistant operated again and was successful, and it was done without pain, and I have not suffered severe pain during, or since the operation, and it looks now that when I check out from this mortal existence it will be from some other cause than my absent leg…"
Kumen Jones, April, 1936)
Also see . . .
1. The Life of Kumen Jones. Kumen Jones website homepage:
This is a collection of information about the man, Kumen Jones and his two wives, Mary Nielson and Lydia May Lyman. Born in 1856, Kumen lived most of his days in the small town of Bluff City, Utah, which he helped settle. He was a missionary, pioneer, explorer, cattleman, husband, father and saint. Find herein photos of him and his family, selected letters he penned, articles written about him, and his personal writings. (Submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Kumen I. Jones. The Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation website entry:
Kumen Jones is one of the most well-known pioneers that came to Bluff via Hole-in-the-Rock. As the expedition’s leadership debated the possibilities of attempting to pass through the “hole-in-the-rock,” Kumen was among a council of young men called to investigate the viability of the proposal. After six weeks of strenuous work, alongside his fellow pioneers, Kumen hitched his “well broken team” to “Benjamin Perkins’ wagon” and “drove down through the ‘Hole.’” The courage this first step in the journey took was no less needed for the duration of the journey to Bluff. (Submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 16, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.