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Historical Markers and War Memorials in San Juan County, Utah

Clickable Map of San Juan County, Utah and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> San Juan County, UT (47) Emery County, UT (26) Garfield County, UT (37) Grand County, UT (27) Kane County, UT (118) Wayne County, UT (18) Apache County, AZ (48) Coconino County, AZ (223) Navajo County, AZ (124) Dolores County, CO (7) Mesa County, CO (26) Montezuma County, CO (62) Montrose County, CO (36) San Miguel County, CO (1) San Juan County, NM (28)  SanJuanCounty(47) San Juan County (47)  EmeryCounty(26) Emery County (26)  GarfieldCounty(37) Garfield County (37)  GrandCounty(27) Grand County (27)  KaneCounty(118) Kane County (118)  WayneCounty(18) Wayne County (18)  ApacheCountyArizona(48) Apache County (48)  CoconinoCounty(223) Coconino County (223)  NavajoCounty(124) Navajo County (124)  DoloresCountyColorado(7) Dolores County (7)  MesaCounty(26) Mesa County (26)  MontezumaCounty(62) Montezuma County (62)  MontroseCounty(36) Montrose County (36)  SanMiguelCounty(1) San Miguel County (1)  SanJuanCountyNew Mexico(28) San Juan County (28)
Monticello is the county seat for San Juan County
Adjacent to San Juan County, Utah
      Emery County (26)  
      Garfield County (37)  
      Grand County (27)  
      Kane County (118)  
      Wayne County (18)  
      Apache County, Arizona (48)  
      Coconino County, Arizona (223)  
      Navajo County, Arizona (124)  
      Dolores County, Colorado (7)  
      Mesa County, Colorado (26)  
      Montezuma County, Colorado (62)  
      Montrose County, Colorado (36)  
      San Miguel County, Colorado (1)  
      San Juan County, New Mexico (28)  
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1 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Bears Ears
The two prominent buttes in the distance are called the Bears Ears. Several native American groups, including the Navajos, Utes, and Pueblos, consider this area sacred and include it in their oral traditions. One of the more popular Navajo . . . Map (db m93095) HM
2 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — C.C.C.
. . . Map (db m95064) HM
3 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Chief Posey's WarMarch 20-23, 1923
This location marks the second encounter of one of the last Indian uprisings in the United States. Posey and his Piute followers helped 2 young braves escape from the Blanding jail. At this site the pursuing posse closed in, Posey opened fire and . . . Map (db m95047) HM
4 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Hovenweep National Monument
Welcome to “Hovenweep.” It is a Paiute and Ute word meaning “deserted valley.” It was the name given this extraordinary place by pioneer photographer William H. Jackson, who visited here in 1874. It’s an apt description. As . . . Map (db m71464) HM
5 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Kachina Bridge
Kachina (Ka-cheé-na) Bridge was named for the Hopi kachina spirits which frequently displayed lightning snake symbols on their bodies. Similar snake patterns were carved by prehistoric people on the base of Kachina Bridge. Kachina Bridge is the . . . Map (db m93017) HM
6 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Mule Canyon Ruin
Mule Canyon Ruin is an open Anasazi habitation site consisting of both above- and below-ground structures. This site was first occupied briefly in the Pueblo I time period (about A.D. 750) but the main occupation was during the Pueblo II and Pueblo . . . Map (db m95153) HM
7 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Owachomo Bridge
Owachomo (O-wá-cho-mo) is a Hopi Indian word for rock mound. On the upper left side of the bridge is a rock outcrop which suggested the name for the bridge. Owachomo Bridge looks different from either Sipapu or Kachina Bridge. Because Owachomo . . . Map (db m93094) HM
8 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Salvation Knoll
December 23, 1879 “The snow fell about eight inches...” December 24, 1879 “... we had cooked the last food we had, consisting of a slap jack baked in a frying pan and about one inch thick.” December 25, 1879 “ it was Christmas day 1879, which . . . Map (db m199568) HM
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9 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — 248 — Settlement of Blanding
A canal was surveyed from Johnson Creek on Blue Mountain to White Mesa; in 1902-3 lots were staked for homes. Two years later Albert R. Lyman and Family pitched first tent and settled one block west of this site. In 1907 a tent school was . . . Map (db m95062) HM
10 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Sipapu Bridge
Several names have been given to the bridges over the years. Sipapu (Seé-pa-pu) has had at least two other names—President and Augusta—but these were later changed. Cliff dwellings and rock art in the area reminded William Douglass, the . . . Map (db m93093) HM
11 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — The Square Tower GroupHovenweep National Monument
Over 700 years ago, Little Ruin Canyon was the scene of a sizable ancestral Pueblo community. Sustained by a small spring at the head of the canyon and rainwater held behind check dams on the mesa top, they flourished in what we would consider a . . . Map (db m71468) HM
12 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Utah(Four Corners)
Prior to surveyors setting the four Corners Monument this boundless land was inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans, followed by the Dine, Ute and other indigenous people. Over time, this land was claimed by Spain, taken in war by Mexico, ceded to the . . . Map (db m36526) HM
13 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — Utah's First National MonumentNatural Bridges National Monument
In 1883, Cass Hite wandered up White Canyon from his mining claim on the Colorado River and “discovered” three stone bridges. He brought them to the attention of area residents and the scientific community. Nowhere else had three such . . . Map (db m132275) HM
14 Utah, San Juan County, Blanding — ZCMI Co-Op Building1918-1939
Official outlet of ZCMI (Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution), "America's First Department Store". This building housed the Grayson City Co-op from 1918 to 1939 when the name was changed to Parley Redd Mercantile. Both companies were part of . . . Map (db m95063) HM
15 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Amasa Barton's Blacksmith ShopSouthwest corner of the Fort
A blacksmith shop with a skilled blacksmith was a necessity. Amasa Barton (Joseph Barton's brother) was kept busy fitting horseshoes, repairing wagons and making , sharpening and repairing everything from farming implement to carpentry tools. In . . . Map (db m95040) HM
16 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Comb Ridge
William H. Jackson of the United States Geological and Geographical survey conducted the first formal archeological exploration of the Comb Ridge area. Originating in the Colorado Territory, Jackson and his team reached Comb Ridge by following . . . Map (db m95034) HM
17 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Hobbs Wash
As winter storm approached, four nearly starved scouts, George Hobbs, George Morrill, Lemuel Redd, Sr. and George Sevey, sought shelter for the night in this area on December 27, 1879. The scouts were exploring for a feasible route for the 250 . . . Map (db m95035) HM
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18 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Jens House
Built in 1890's by Jens Nielson Born in Denmark in 1820 Member of handcart company of 1856, to S.L.C. First Mormon Bishop of Bluff 1880-1906Map (db m95042) HM
19 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Josephine Catherine Chatterley WoodAffectionately know in the community as “Aunt Jody”
In honor of her courage, faith, compassion, friendship, love, and medical service to the greater Bluff community from 1882-1906. In addition to serving the children as Bluff's Primary president for 25 years, Josephine Wood was called by Bishop . . . Map (db m95037) HM
20 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Kumen Jones Home
The Jones log cabin was located in the northwest corner of the fort. Near the turn of the century, the Joneses constructed an elegant stone home adjacent to their original cabin. Fire destroyed the Jones home in 1975. In 1896, a gold rush brought . . . Map (db m95038) HM
21 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt
In 1879, at age 17, Parley R. Butt was one of 26 men who scouted possible routes for the San Juan Mission and established Montezuma Fort. A few months later, he traveled with the main group of pioneers as they blazed the Hole-in-the-Rock road. In . . . Map (db m95041) HM
22 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse
Sketched by Remington Lange 1893 Bluff's log meetinghouse was the center of all public gatherings for the small community on the remote San Juan frontier. The meetinghouse, which was part of the north wall of the Bluff Fort, served as . . . Map (db m149540) HM
23 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — Site of Kumen Jones Home
• Member of San Juan Mission Exploring Party • Driver of one of first wagons through Hole-in-the-Rock • First Superintendent of San Juan Schools • Church Leader and Missionary to IndiansMap (db m150070) HM
24 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — The Barton's Well
Upon the pioneers' arrival in the Bluff valley, water for cooking and drinking was carried from the San Juan River. According to Mary Mackelprang Jones, water from the San Juan “O was so hard and muddy cottonwood ashes were put in it to stand . . . Map (db m95039) HM
25 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — The Co-op Store
The community's co-op store was located in the northeast corner of the fort. This cooperative venture, which provided a means for buying, selling and trading, became very successful. The Navajos and Utes also frequented the store, trading their . . . Map (db m95036) HM
26 Utah, San Juan County, Bluff — The San Juan Mission
Bluff was the first settlement of the white man in San Juan County and its first county seat. It was founded April 6, 1880 by the San Juan Mission "called" by the L.D.S. Church to establish friendly relations with the Indians. A small band of . . . Map (db m95043) HM
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27 Utah, San Juan County, Canyonlands National Park — Aztec Butte
Rising above the mesa, Aztec Butte overlooks sheer cliffs and twisted canyons stretching in every direction. Hundreds of years ago, ancestral Puebloans survived here through hard work and ingenuity. Clad in yucca sandals and bearing baskets of . . . Map (db m159891) HM
28 Utah, San Juan County, Canyonlands National Park — Green River OverlookElevation 6,000 feet
[Left to right] Land of Standing Rocks High plateaus and spires eroded from dark brown shale. Well-known rock formations include Lizard Rock, The Plug, Chimney Rock and The Wall. As the raven flies, The Land of Standing Rocks is 15 miles . . . Map (db m159922) HM
29 Utah, San Juan County, Canyonlands National Park — Indian RicegrassStipa/Achnatherum hymenoides — Grass family (Poaceae) —
Height: 1'-2½' Seedhead: Tufted seeds on hair-thin branches in loose bunches This attractive cool-season bunchgrass grows in moist soils of early spring, then flowers and sets seed before summer. Its large seeds are a vital food . . . Map (db m159820) HM
30 Utah, San Juan County, Halls Crossing — 305 — Clay Hill Pass
In 1879 the L.D.S. church sent missionary families to San Juan Country to make settlement and better relations with the Indians. These pioneers led by Silas S. Smith and Platte D. Lyman came through the Hole in the Rock. The company consisted of 83 . . . Map (db m173731) HM
31 Utah, San Juan County, La Sal — Historic La Sal Post Office
The first Postal Service was established at La Sal on September 12, 1878. La Sal was made an outpost on the mail route from Salina, Utah to Ouray, Colorado. It was described as one of the strangest and most dangerous routes in the history of the . . . Map (db m95121) HM
32 Utah, San Juan County, Montezuma Creek — Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument
Welcome to Hovenweep National Monument “Hovenweep,” it is a Paiute and Ute word meaning “deserted valley.” It was the name given this extraordinary place by pioneer photographer William H. Jackson, who visited here in 1874. It’s an apt . . . Map (db m205218) HM
33 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Cowboy Tack ShedWorkstation of the West
The first white settlers of the region were cattlemen. Cattle were first introduced into the San Juan County-Blue Mountain area during the 1870s. Large numbers of the animals were placed on the thousands of acres of lush grasses which grew in the . . . Map (db m95129) HM
34 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Hole N” The Rock, Utah
This location has been a travelers’ resting place for two centuries. Beginning in 1829, horse teams on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and California stopped here for the abundant spring water and shade. After the settlement of Mormon . . . Map (db m92547) HM
35 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Hyland HotelUtah Historic Site
This Home was constructed by Joseph Henry Wood between 1916-18 in the Arts and Crafts style of wood and sandstone quarried from a site near south Creek four miles southwest of Monticello. The stone cutting, dressing, and laying was supervised by Ed . . . Map (db m95123) HM
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36 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Log CabinAn Early Pioneer Home
This original log cabin is representative of the housing of the early pioneers in the area. It was first occupied by three brothers, Warren, John, and Scotty Williamson during the 1880s in Dry Valley., Utah. It is believed that the Williamson . . . Map (db m95125) HM
37 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — 212 — Monticello
March 12, 1887 Frederick I. Jones, Farley R. Butt, Charles E. Walton and George A. Adams came here to start the L.D.S. Blue Mountain Mission. After their families arrived they camped at Verdure the first summer. In 1888 the families of M. Peterson, . . . Map (db m95124) HM
38 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Newspaper RockState Historical Monument
Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records approximately 2,000 years of early man's activities. Prehistoric peoples, probably from the Archoic, Basketmaker, Fremont and Pueblo cultures, etched on the rock from B.C. to . . . Map (db m4615) HM
39 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Old Log ChurchCenter of the Community
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 . . . Map (db m95126) HM
40 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Sod Roof CabinA Spanish-American Home
Hispanics have a very long history in the Southwest, dating back to the early 1600s. The Old Spanish Trail trade from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to California, passed through San Juan County near Monticello. There were no supply stations nor permanent . . . Map (db m95127) HM
41 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — 487 — The Spanish Trail
Kane Springs, San Juan County, was a major water stop along the historic Spanish Trail, in use from 1829 to 1848. Large trade caravans halted here and drank from the abundant spring waters. In autumn months, pack trains carried woolen textiles and . . . Map (db m95080) HM
42 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — The Traveling Jail Cell
On May 2, 1896, the County Commissioners signed an agreement to purchase a jail cell seven feet by seven feet by seven feet, made of Bessemer steel bar. On November 9, 1896 the County paid $85 to Dora Crouse for Lot 3 in Block 10 with a cabin on . . . Map (db m160062) HM
43 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — 481 — Verdure
The oldest Mormon settlement in the Blue Mountain Region was first known as South Montezuma. Later the name was changed to Verdure after the lush green growth along the stream bed. Verdure was settled by men of the Blue Mountain Mission March 11, . . . Map (db m95065) HM
44 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Veterans MemorialAll Gave Some • Some Gave All — Duty ☆ Honor ☆ Country —
Dedicated to the men and women who serve our country in war and peace [Armed Forces Emblems] We honor the following San Juan County Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country WWI Horace Robertson Argyle • . . . Map (db m160057) WM
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45 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Wilson Arch
Wilson Arch was named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who had a cabin nearby in Dry Valley. This formation is known as Entrada Sandstone. Over time superficial cracks, joints, and folds of these layers were saturated with water. Ice formed in the . . . Map (db m39260) HM
46 Utah, San Juan County, Monticello — Wooden Shoe Arch
Wooden Shoe Arch, visible on the horizon, formed thousands of years ago, yet the rock it's made from is much older. Three hundred million years ago, an inland sea flooded this area. As the sea evaporated, it left behind a great salt basin . . . Map (db m132300) HM
47 Utah, San Juan County, Monument Valley — Goulding's Monument Valley Museum
Harry and Leone (“Mike”) Goulding came to the valley in 1924, began building a home here and moved into this trading post in 1928. For more than 40 years they were traders and friends to the Navajos. In addition, they were hosts to . . . Map (db m149538) HM
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Sep. 26, 2023