Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Old Log Church
Center of the Community
In addition, this one-room church served as the heart of history-making events. Its first church meeting found the Waltons, Jones, Adams, Butts, Hydes, Rogers and other pioneer families in attendance. Although they met on a dirt floor the first year, they were proud of their church and the community's progress.
As part of the Pioneer Day celebration on July 24, 1891, the church served as a dance hall. Charles Walton played the fiddle and his son, Charles, played the little organ. John Rogers called out the square dance. The merriment suddenly ended as someone rushed in and announced that Tom Roach had stabbed Frank Hyde. A shot was then heard from outside the church building and Bill McCord, a Carlisle cowboy, was found dead. At that point it is reported that Tom Roach held everyone at gun point until Jane Walton stepped forward to reason with him. Another shot was heard and Jane was killed. Tom escaped and was not heard from again.
Location. 37° Touch for map. Marker is in Pioneer Park. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello UT 84535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Log Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Sod Roof Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Cowboy Tack Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Monticello (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hyland Hotel (about 500 feet away); Verdure (approx. 5.8 miles away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 12.6 miles away).
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