Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
This is the Place Monument
As early as September 9, 1845, leaders of the church had determined to found their “Zion” in the valley of the great salt lake. Because of the intense cold and deadly scourge of cholera, the four hundred mile trek across Iowa in 1846 was the most trying of the entire exodus. these handicaps, together with the furnishing of five hundred volunteers—the Mormon battalion—to fight in the war against Mexico, forced the Saints to halt temporarily on the Missouri river. Winter Quarters was established on the present site of Florence, Nebraska.
From this place on April 7, 1847 the pioneer company left for the
Fort Laramie was reached June 1, South Pass, June 27, and Fort Bridger July 7. On July 13 Orson Pratt was directed to take 23 wagons and 42 men and proceed ahead to determine where the Reed-Donner trail crossed the mountains. Two days later, Orson Pratt’s company discovered the trail which ran southwest for fifteen miles from the present site of Henefer, Utah and then turned west over the mountains. Following this route, Orson Pratt and John Brown ascended big mountain, and from its summit, on July 19, saw for the first time the Great Salt Lake.
Two days later Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow proceeded from the foot of Little Mountain four and one-half miles down Emigration Canyon, ascended a hill near the entrance of the valley, and in the words of Orson Pratt “beheld in a moment such an extensive scenery open before us (that) we could not refrain from a shout of joy which almost involuntarily
On the morning of July 22, a party of nine horsemen, headed by Orson Pratt and George A. Smith, rode into the valley for the purpose of locating a place to plant crops on the same day. Willard Richards led a train of sixty wagons into the valley. Temporary encampment was made seven and one-half miles southwest from the mouth of the canyon. Early next morning permanent encampment was made two miles north on the banks of the South Fork of City Creek. On the same day the waters of City Creek were turned upon the hard baked soil, thus inaugurating the system of modern scientific irrigation in America.
Meanwhile, Brigham Young, who had been seriously ill with mountain fever, entered the valley on July 24 with the remaining fifteen wagons of this historic occasion. Wilford Woodruff, in whose carriage president Young rode, says “when we came out of the canyon in full view of the valley I turned the side of my carriage around, open to the west and president Young arose from his bed and took a survey of the country while gazing on the scene he was enwrapped in vision for several minutes. When the vision had passed he said ‘this is the right place. Drive on.’ ”
The lower group: Orson Pratt (on horse). Apostle, scientist, mathematician explorer, journalist; Erastus Snow (standing) Apostle, explorer, colonizer; the two wagon trains (north wing) first wagon train (July 22), led by Willard Richards (on second horse, noted physician, apostle, religious leader, second counselor to Brigham Young (1847-1854), secretary of the provisional state of Deseret, second wagon train (July 24) Brigham Young sitting in carriage. Wilford Woodruff driving. Heber C. Kimball and Lorenzo Dow Young walking beside carriage. Women are: Clarissa Decker Young (wife of Brigham Young), Ellen Saunders Kimball (wife of Heber C. Kimball) and Harriet Page Wheeler Decker Young (wife of Lorenzo Dow Young). boys are: Lorenzo Sobieski Young (son of Lorenzo Dow Young by his wife Persis Goodall) and Isaac Perry Decker (son of Harriet Decker). the nine horsemen (north side of monument, reading from left to right): Orson Pratt, Orrin Porter Rockwell, Joseph Matthews, Erastus Snow. (south side of monument reading from left to right): John Brown, Jesse C. Little, George A. Smith, an unidentified pioneer and John Pack.
Location. 40° 45.123′ N, 111° 48.981′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Sunnyside Avenue. Touch for map. It is at “This is the Place” Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2601 East Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crowds Cheered On . . . (a few steps from this marker); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Pony Express Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unsung Heroes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donner Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); L.D.S. Tenth Ward Square (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct (approx. 2.8 miles away); Dudler's Inn (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dudler's Wine Cellar (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Old Sugar House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
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