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

Ensign Peak

 
 
Ensign Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 7, 2018
1. Ensign Peak Marker
Inscription.  July 26, 1847, two days after the Mormon pioneers entered this valley Brigham Young and party climbed to this point and with the aid of field glasses made a careful survey of the mountains, canyons and streams. In the group were Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith, Ezra T. Benson, Willard Richards, Albert Carrington and William Clayton.

Wilford Woodruff, first to ascend the peak, suggested it as a fitting place to “set up an ensign” (Isaiah 11:12). It was then named Ensign Peak. Subsequently the Stars and Stripes were raised here.
 
Erected 1934 by Ensign Stake Mutual Improvement Associations and Utah Pioneer Trails Landmarks Association. (Marker Number 43.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 26, 1951.
 
Location. 40° 47.664′ N, 111° 53.442′ W. Marker is in
View from the marker looking south image. Click for full size.
By Jack Duffy, July 1, 2011
2. View from the marker looking south
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Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Ensign Vista Drive west of East Greenstroke Drive. The marker is located in the Ensign Peak Nature Park and can be reached via a clearly marked 0.5 mile trail to the peak. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1002 N Ensign Vista Dr, Salt Lake City UT 84103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fur Trappers and Traders (approx. 0.6 miles away); Edward H. Harriman (approx. 1.1 miles away); Daniel Cowan Jackling (approx. 1.1 miles away); Thomas L. Kane (approx. 1.1 miles away); Statue of Massassoit (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Constitution Revered (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ensign Peak (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pioneer Memorial Museum (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ensign Peak Park. Mormon Historic Sites Foundation (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

2. Ensign Peak (pdf file). Mormon Historic Sites Foundation (Submitted on July 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 

3. Article on the recovery of the marker in 1992. (Submitted on May 27, 2020.)
 
Ensign Peak Monument and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 7, 2018
3. Ensign Peak Monument and Marker
Ensign Peak Monument reverse image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Johnson, October 7, 2018
4. Ensign Peak Monument reverse
Embedded near the top of the north face of the monument, opposite the face containing the marker, is a cracked stone slab on which the word “Kolob” is inscribed. (Kolob is a star or planet described in the sacred text of the Latter Day Saints movement.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2011, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on May 26, 2020, by Tyler Thorsted of Orem, Utah. Photos:   1. submitted on October 15, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah.   2. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah.   3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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