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Oak City in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Oak City / The Bell

 
 
Oak City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
1. Oak City Marker
Inscription.
Marker A:
Oak City
Oak City was named after Oak Creek, a sparkling mountain stream meandering through scrub oak and gray sagebrush. It provided water, the lifeblood of this community.
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.
We
The Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
2. The Bell Marker
honor and appreciate the courage of these pioneers, their vision, faith, and fortitude to subdue this desert and harness the mountain stream.

Marker B:
The Bell
1893-1993
This 300 pound bell was ordered in 1893 for the combination church, school and social hall. Before the belfry was completed, the bell hung on a frame on the front porch of the Niels Peter Nielson home. Niels rang the bell precisely one-half hour before all church meetings and before school. The bell became a loving call to services and the authority on time. When a belfry was added to the school building in 1898 the bell was hung in its appropriate place. From 1915-1928 the bell was placed on top of the new school. It was then rehung in the original belfry. It remained there until it was placed in the tower of the new church in 1969. Stones from the original building are used in this monument reuniting the bell and belfry in 1993. The belfry was given back to Oak City by Don and Colleen Parker.
 
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
Oak City / The Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
3. Oak City / The Bell Marker
in Oak City, Utah, in Millard County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. 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
 
Oak City Belfry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
4. Oak City Belfry
Main Street, Oak City, Utah image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
5. Main Street, Oak City, Utah
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 273 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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