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

Utah's First Fort

 
 
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By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
1. Utah's First Fort Marker
Inscription.  On this ten acre square during the years 1847-1849 stood the first fort, historic Mormon bastion, sometimes called the "Plymouth Rock of the West." Homes were erected of logs or adobe, side by side, with the rear walls forming a protective barrier; enclosed by a nine foot mud wall. By December 1847, over two thousand people were living in the fort which was extended one block north and one block south. The first school convened here in October 1847. A bowery, built in the center, served as a meeting place. Within its walls Anglo Saxon civilization was first brought to the Great Basin and the ensign of our Republic raised over this domain, then Mexican territory. Here, on December 9, 1848, the first petition to establish self government in the Rocky Mountain West was signed. It became a public park July 24, 1898.

[Second plaque mounted on monument:]
Pioneer Women
Three women came in the first company of pioneers:
Harriet Page Wheeler, wife of Lorenzo D. Young; Clara Decker, wife of Brigham Young; Ellen Saunders, wife of Heber C. Kimball.

During the rugged journey the services
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By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
2. Pioneer Women
performed by these heroic women were of incalculable value.

[Third plaque mounted on the monument:]
Pioneer Children
The children who journeyed with the first company of pioneers were:
Lorenzo Sobieski Young, age six years, Son of Lorenzo D. and Persis Goodall Young, and Isaac Perry Decker, age seven, son of Harriet Page Wheeler Decker Young.

Both boys proved themselves courageous and helpful during the historic trek across the plains.
 
Erected 1964 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers - Days of '47 , Inc. (Marker Number 295.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list.
 
Location. 40° 45.669′ N, 111° 54′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of 300 West and 400 South, on the right when traveling south on 300 West. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flag of the United States of America (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 700 feet
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By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
3. Pioneer Children
away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (about 800 feet away); Broadway Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Park (Rio Grande) Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Crane Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
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By Bryan R. Bauer, August 27, 2010
4. Utah's First Fort Monument and Marker Plaques
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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