Oak City in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Oak City / The Bell
Founded in 1868 by pioneers who had formerly resided at Deseret, this location was chosen as a refuge from the Sevier River floods. Their animals formerly had been pastured on Oak Creek. The town site was surveyed into twenty-four blocks and was patterned after the original survey of Salt Lake City. Lots were drawn for the property. Families began the wagon trek, bringing with them doors and windows from their homes in Deseret. Others completely dismantled their houses there and hauled the material to the new settlement and reassembled it on their newly acquired land.
The season was late, near November. Twenty-three families hauled logs from the canyon, dug dugouts, made adobes. Many of the houses were of one or two rooms and had dirt roofs and floors. With shovels they tapped the Oak Creek, digging ditches for irrigation water.
The first winter the men worked together and fenced 360 acres of land. The leading industries in those first days were agriculture and cattle raising. John Lovell was the first presiding elder, serving from 1868-1871. The first public meeting was held November 8, 1868.
Erected 1993 by Oak Creek Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 472.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 39° 22.512′ N, 112° 20.18′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak City UT 84649, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morrison Charcoal Ovens 1882 (approx. 12.3 miles away); a different marker also named Morrison Charcoal Ovens 1882 (approx. 12.3 miles away).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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