Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Cedar Tree Shrine
The street to the north was originally Emmigration Road the only approach from the east. Over this road the pioneers of 1847 and subsequent years entered the valley of the Great Salt Sea. They found growing near this site a lone cedar and paused beneath its shade. Songs were sung and prayers of gratitude offered by those early pilgrims.
Later the cedar tree became a meeting place for the loggers going to the canyons. Children played beneath its branches. Lovers made it a trysting place. Because of its friendly influence on the lives of these early men and women we dedicate this site to their memory.
Lone Cedar Tree
Although willows grew along the banks of the streams, a lone cedar tree near this spot became Utah's first famous landmark. Someone in a moment of thoughtlessness cut it down, leaving only the stump which is a part of this monument.
"In the glory of my prime I was the pioneer's friend."
Erected 1933 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 262.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Historic Trees series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 40° 45.745′ N, 111° 52.436′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on South 600 East south of East Broadway / E 300 S, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 316 South 600 East, Salt Lake City UT 84102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. B'nai Israel Temple (approx. 0.3 miles away); L.D.S. Tenth Ward Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Congregation Montefiore (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Salt Lake City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lincoln Arms Apartments (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hollywood Apartments (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cathedral of the Madeleine (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2010, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. This page has been viewed 1,342 times since then and 233 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 3, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2010, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. 4. submitted on April 16, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5. submitted on January 23, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.