“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Spanish Fork in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States

First Settlement of Iselanders in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tate Tanner
1. First Settlement of Iselanders in the United States Marker
Inscription. Leif Eiriksson, an Icelander, discovered America in 1000 A.D. Eight centuries later 1855-1860 sixteen pioneers from Iceland established in Spanish Fork the first permanent Icelandic settlement in the United States. They were: Samuel Bjarnson & Wife Margret; Thordur Didriksson & wife Helga; Sudmundur Gudmundsson; Loftur Jonsson & Wife Gudrun; Jon Jonsson & wife Anna; Gudrun Jonsdottir: Magnus Bjarnson & wife Thuridur; Vigdis Bjarnadottier (Holt); Gundy E. Haflidiason; Ragnildur S. Hanson and Mary H. Sherwood.
Erected 1938 by Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 35.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 40° 6.282′ N, 111° 38.454′ W. Marker is in Spanish Fork, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is at the intersection of 400 S 800 and East Canyon Road, on the right when traveling east on 400 S 800. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 S 800 E, Spanish Fork UT 84660, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Palmyra (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pond Town Fort (approx. 4.1 miles away); First Relief Society Hall (approx. 11.7 miles away); Santaquin (approx. 11.7 miles away); Southern Utah Valley (approx. 11.9 miles away); In Memory of Edwin Whiting Pioneer (approx. 13 miles away); Birdseye Marble Quarry (approx. 13 miles away).
More about this marker. The monument sits on a corner. It has a large white monument in the shape of a lighthouse with a stone bench at the bottom and pipe railings around it. Behind this there is a wall with Icelandic Monument in raised stone letters.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2017, by Tate Tanner of Spanish fork, Utah. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 7, 2017, by Tate Tanner of Spanish fork, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close up readable view of the marker. • View of the Monument lettering on the monument wall. • • Can you help?
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