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Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Old Log Church

Center of the Community

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
1. Old Log Church Marker
Inscription. This log church is a replica of the first church in Monticello. The original church, built in 188 for religious worship, also became the core of community activities. It was a school, a refuge for the homeless, a place to dance, a site for public meetings, and a place to mourn the dead.

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.

Historical Gathering
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.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
2. Old Log Church Marker
52.218′ N, 109° 20.618′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street south of West 100 South, on the right when traveling south. 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).
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
Old Log Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
3. Old Log Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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