Duchesne in Duchesne County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In commemoration of the Catholic Priest, Father Escalante, who in 1776 came into Utah. He crossed the Green River at Jensen and camped two days at that place. His diary shows that he camped at the junction of the Strawberry and Duchesne rivers one night and then travelled northwest, up through what he called the “Canyon of the Swallows.” This is the canyon in which Ivie’s Ranch is now located.
This became an important intersection in pioneer days, as distances were reckond from this point.
Duchesne County Company
Erected 1936 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
Location. 40° 9.788′ N, 110° 23.626′ W. Marker is in Duchesne, Utah, in Duchesne County. Marker is on U.S. 40 0.1 miles east of East Third Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located in a small triangular park between U.S. Highway 40/191 and East Main Street on the east edge of Duchesne, just west of the Duchesne City Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Duchesne UT 84021, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne (here, next to this marker); Duchesne (approx. half a mile away).
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a six-foot tall concrete obelisk. This marker/monument marks the approximate spot where Father Escalante camped beside the Strawberry River.
Also see . . . Duchesne.
The community of Duchesne is located just above the junction of the Strawberry and Duchesne rivers in the Uintah Basin of northeastern Utah. It was first identified as a potential town site by Father Escalante when the Dominguez-Escalante expedition camped near the present-day town 18 September 1776 while on their epic journey. Duchesne is strategically located not only due to its location at the junction of the rivers but it is also at the mouth of Indian Canyon, the major route into the Basin through the Tavaputs Plateau from Price. (Submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 306 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.