Santaquin in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Southern Utah Valley
In 1844 Lt. John C. Fremont whose careful scientific observations led to the definition of the Great Basin, also visited this area. His reports were studied by the Mormons prior to their departure from Illinois in 1846. He noted that "there is good soil and good grass adapted to civilized settlements." A fact which undoubtedly contributed to the choice of the Great Basin as the destination of the Mormon Pioneers.
Despite the general Mormon policy of feeding rather fighting the Indians, a corollary of their settlement on Indians lands in Utah was the frequent loss of life and property among the Indians as well as the white man. Before Congress extinguished the Indian land title and removed local tribes to the Uintah Basin, a 640 acre Indian Farm was established in 1855 near the mouth of the Spanish Fork River in an effort to educate the Indians to sustain themselves through agricultural pursuits.
Location. 39° 58.425′ N, 111° 47.229′ W. Marker is in Santaquin, Utah Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Santaquin UT 84655, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santaquin (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Relief Society Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Goshen's Historic Grist Mill Stone (approx. 6.2 miles away); Pond Town Fort (approx. 8 miles away); Original Goshen Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 8.2 miles away); Elberta (approx. 9.1 miles away); Old Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 11.1 miles away); Fort Palmyra (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santaquin.
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