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By Bill Kirchner, September 28, 2018
The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail Marker
Arizona (Coconino County), Kaibab — 119 — The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail
Segments of centuries-old Indian trails between St. George and Long Valley were used by Mormon pioneers in 1864 to settle Long Valley and its resettlement in 1871 following Indian conflicts. The trail divided at the area of this marker; the . . . — Map (db m131299) HM
Arizona (Maricopa County), Phoenix — First Latter-day Saint Chapel in Phoenix
The first meetinghouse in Phoenix for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) was built on this site by the three-hundred-member congregation of the Phoenix Ward. At the time, J. Robert Price was bishop. Since their beginning . . . — Map (db m27613) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Arrowhead — 34 — Mormon Lumber Road
In the spring of 1852, over one hundred Mormon men donated a full thousand man-days of arduous labor, to construct a road up Waterman Canyon, past this spot, and into the prime timber, where some of their enterprising bethren established six . . . — Map (db m127818) HM
Idaho (Bingham County), Shelley — 128 — Covered Wagon
Covered Wagon was used by the pioneers in their trek west and for family use. — Map (db m140496) HM
Idaho (Bingham County), Shelley — 152 — Pioneer Cabin
From Blackfoot - 1870 Rebuilt by the Grove City (Blackfoot) Idaho Chapter 2009 — Map (db m140487) HM
Idaho (Bingham County), Shelley — 162 — Pioneer School Bus Replica
Donated by the Rulon Hillam Farm, Ashton Idaho and Grove City (Blackfoot) Idaho Chapter. — Map (db m140494) HM
Idaho (Bingham County), Shelley — 127 — Sheepcamp Wagon
The sheep camp was home to the North American sheepherder from 1800 on. — Map (db m140489) HM
Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 151 — Joseph Allen Taylor (1871-1945) & Chet Taylor (1893-1964)Innovative Farmers
A special tribute to Joseph Allen Taylor and his son Chet, who were the first to develop the potato cellar in 1909. At this time the Russet Burbank had been introduced to the Taylors. They planted the first 20 ares just to the west. The . . . — Map (db m140510) HM
Idaho (Bonneville County), Idaho Falls — 30 — The Idaho Falls LDS Hospital and School of Nursing
The idea of the hospital was conceived by Heber C. Austin with construction commencing in 1919, though the completion of the building was delayed because of a depressed economy. On 22 October 1923, the hospital was dedicated by President Heber J. . . . — Map (db m109826) HM
Idaho (Madison County), Rexburg — 161 — Rexburg Public Square
In February of 1883, Colonizer and Bishop Thomas E. Ricks commissioned Andrew A. Anderson to survey Rexburg City. This block was set aside as the Public Square. In the early days of colonization, settlers camped here before moving to their permanent . . . — Map (db m140590) HM
Idaho (Madison County), Rexburg — Rexburg Tabernacle Centennial1912-2012
Ground was broken on May 14, 1911 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to construct a tabernacle for the purpose of holding conference, baptisms, and other special meetings. President Joseph F. Smith dedicated the tabernacle eight . . . — Map (db m84346) HM
Nevada (Douglas County), Genoa — 36 — Mormon Station - Genoa
In early June, 1850, a party of Mormons led by Abner and Thomas Blackburn, Hampton S. Beatie and Joseph Dumont, established a trading post about a mile to the north of this site. In September, as they returned to Salt Lake City, a party of Bannock . . . — Map (db m20698) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Collingston — Hampton's Bear River Crossing
Ford was used by Indians, Fur Tappers and Mountain Men. About 1853 Ben Hampton and Wm. Godbe operated a ferry for emigrant traffic. The site became a "home station" successively for stages of Oliver & Conniver, Ben Holladay, and Wells-Fargo. About . . . — Map (db m105494) HM
Utah (Davis County), Bountiful — 31 — Original Gristmill Stones
The Heber C. Kimball Gristmill, the foundation of which can be seen just east of this monument, was in operation from 1852 until 1892, using these burr-type gristmill stones. When the use of roller mills was introduced, mills of this type were no . . . — Map (db m125133) HM
Utah (Iron County), Cedar City — Ellen (Nellie) Purcell Unthank
Ellen (Nellie) Purcell was born November 6, 1846 in Tintwhistle, England. At 9 she, with her parents and sister Margaret (Maggie), 14, began the trek from Iowa to Salt Lake Valley in 1856 with the Edward Martin Handcart Company. Early snows . . . — Map (db m59517) HM
Utah (Iron County), Parowan — John C. Freemont Memorial
Seeking a suitable railroad route through the central Rockies, John C. Freemont and Company reached Parowan February 6, 1854. These are Freemont's own words, "We were all so feeble we could barely drag ourselves down the trail, but the Mormons . . . — Map (db m59610) HM
Utah (Kane County), Kanab — 228 — Honeymoon Trail
From 1877 to 1927, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled this route to be united in eternal marriage in the St. George Utah Temple. Thus, the route was named the “Honeymoon Trail.” Families came from . . . — Map (db m95008) HM
Utah (Kane County), Kanab — Israel and Charlotte Cox Heaton
On this corner stood the Grand Old House with its beautiful flower garden. It was built and planted by Israel and Charlotte Cox Heaton in 1913. This couple are of elite pioneer heritage. In the Grand Old House they hosted many family gatherings . . . — Map (db m130687) HM
Utah (Kane County), Mt Carmel Junction — 120 — The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail
Segments of the old Indian trails between St. George and Long Valley were used by Mormon pioneers to settle Long Valley in 1864 and for its resettlement in 1871 following Indian conflicts. The trail divided just east of present-day Colorado City, . . . — Map (db m74733) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Magna — 28 — Early Magna Settlements
In Commemoration of the First Communities Established on the West Side of Salt Lake Valley and the First Major Industry of Utah. In 1853 Abraham Coon, an early Mormon pioneer, explored a canyon in the Oquirrh Mountains on the west side of . . . — Map (db m35077) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Murray — 1 — Murray Smelting
Gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc were found at Alta, Park City, and Tintic in the years 1864 to 1869. Since no smelting was done in the state or the surrounding area, smelters had to be built. Billy Morgan built the first smelter at 5189 South . . . — Map (db m124034) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Riverton — 7 — Early Riverton and the Magnificent Dome Church
The first known residents of the Riverton area were the Yo No Indians, a poor tribe living along the Jordan River. Well-worn trails extended from Utah Lake where various tribes wintered, to Bear Lake where they rendezvoused during the summer. Much . . . — Map (db m34682) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — Daniel Cowan Jackling
World renowned mining and metallurgical engineer, eminent business executive, benefactor and loyal friend of Utah and its people. Guided by an inspired vision, he applied and developed processes for the beneficiation of low grade porphyritic . . . — Map (db m72780) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 75 — Dudler's Inn
Perhaps one of the longest living and prominent residents of the area, known as Parley’s Hollow, now officially Parley’s Historic Nature Park, was Joseph Dudler. About 1864, he settled in this location. Here he built his home. It was two stories, . . . — Map (db m124023) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 80 — Dudler's Wine Cellar
Early in 1870, Joseph Dudler, owner and operator of the inn which was on the ground level of his house, built a brewery in back of his house here in Parley’s Hollow. To provide for this, in addition to the brewery proper, located on adjacent . . . — Map (db m124024) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 39 — Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal
The foundation work on the Salt Lake Temple was nearing completion and soon would be ready for the granite upper walls. The four day trip from the quarry with oxen-drawn wagons could not possibly provide stone as quickly as it was needed. To . . . — Map (db m1420) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 16 — Legacy of the Black Pioneer
In 1824-26 the first black man came into Utah Territory. He was a trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. His name was James Beckworth. In succeeding years many black people would follow to contribute to the development of Utah, socially and . . . — Map (db m1379) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — Pioneer Telegraph Office
At this location on October 18 1861 stood the telegraph pole, shown on above plaque, on which telegraph wires were joined which spanned a continent and united two oceans. On that date the first two telegrams transmitted were as follows: Great . . . — Map (db m35085) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — 77 — Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct
Parley's Creek, originally known by the Indian name Obit-Ko-Ke-Che Creek, was the largest stream of water which flowed from the Wasatch Mountains into the valley. This creek had beginnings high in the Wasatch Mountains to the north near what became . . . — Map (db m123769) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain
(150 Years). Winter Quarters, Nebraska to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, April 21, 1997 to July 22, 1997. On a cold rainy morning in April 1997, modern day pioneers left Florence, Nebraska, the old winter quarters, to re-enact the . . . — Map (db m1449) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Salt Lake City — The Pony Express
The Pony Express Pony Express Division Headquarters Here, Ben Ficklin, General Superintendent, and Major Howard Egan and James C. Bromley, Division Superintendents, had their headquarters. The Following Were Honored Utah Riders . . . — Map (db m35405) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), South Salt Lake — 98 — Carlisle Family Historical Marker
In the 1850’s and 1860’s, three brothers, Joseph, John, and Richard Carlisle, settled in this location between 700 West and Jordan River. Their endeavors included farming, dairying, and planting mulberry trees to raise silk worms. They developed a . . . — Map (db m124303) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Taylorsville — 117 — Millrace1855
In 1855, upon the counsel of Brigham Young, Joseph Harker, with John and Samuel Bennion, hand-dug the lower ditch to irrigate the farmland on the river bottoms west of the Jordan River. A small rock dam was constructed on the Jordan River at . . . — Map (db m123573) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), Taylorsville — 9 — The Old School House
On this site, 6200 South and Redwood Road, in the year 1905 stood the 64th District School House. It was a red brick building consisting of two large rooms on the west side and a single large room on the east side. The name of the school was . . . — Map (db m41348) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), West Jordan — 35 — Salt Lake and Utah Railroad
The Salt Lake and Utah Railroad—better known in Utah as the “Orem Line”—extended from Salt Lake City through the city of South Jordan, at this location, and to Payson, a distance of 67 miles. A branch line of 9 miles in . . . — Map (db m35549) HM
Utah (Salt Lake County), West Jordan — 12 — Utah Idaho Sugar FactoryWest Jordan, Utah 1916-1970
In 1849 Governor Brigham Young sent Apostle John Taylor on a mission to France to investigate industries that could be successfully established in the New Mountain Empire. There he met Philip De Lamare, a man of exceptional talents and substantial . . . — Map (db m35548) HM
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
Utah (Sanpete County), Birdseye — Birdseye Marble QuarryHeartbeat of the Canyon
Looking east to the red ledges you can see the quarry, originally operated by the Mormon Church and others in the 1880's to the 1940's as the Nebo Rock Works, Thistle Rock Works and Birdseye Marble Quarry.

The stone polishes to a high degree and . . . — Map (db m101133) HM

Utah (Sevier County), Richfield — 125 — Old Lime Kiln
This old lime kiln is the best preserved of seven kilns constructed north of Richfield during the late 1880′s. It was built by John Kyhl for Jens Larsen Jenson, a Swedish immigrant. The lime was used in the construction of homes, churches and . . . — Map (db m74841) HM
Utah (Tooele County), Rush Valley — 98 — Rush Valley StationPony Express 1860-61
St. Joseph, MO. - Sacramento, Cal. Also Overland Stage & Freight Route 1858-1868 This monument constructed by enrollees U.S. Grazing Division, C.C.C. Camp G-154, Company 2517 — Map (db m149988) HM
Utah (Utah County), American Fork — 171 — First Flour MillEarly Flour Milling
Arza Adams (1804-1889), pioneer millwright from Canada, came to Utah Valley with other pioneers to settle this area in 1850, soon after the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Arza built a waterpowered “grist” mill on . . . — Map (db m149970) HM
Utah (Utah County), American Fork — 189 — Log Cabin Grist MillFirst Flour Mill in American Fork
During the winter of 1850-51, Arza and Sabina Adams moved their family of seven children here from Mill Creek, Salt Lake Valley. They built a log cabin across the street east of where you stand. Journals tell that Arza built a grist mill near his . . . — Map (db m149842) HM
Utah (Utah County), Lehi — 183 — John Austin Cabin
This cabin was built by John Austin in 1868 on Bull River (3500 North Center). John’s son Parley married Charlotte Butt in 1884. They moved into the cabin which had been vacated by Parley’s parents. In the late 1890’s Parley built a home in Lehi and . . . — Map (db m150068) HM
Utah (Utah County), Lehi — Lehi Meeting House
Site of the first meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lehi, Built in 1855. Replaced in 1972. Also used for civic meetings and upper rooms for school. — Map (db m149979) HM
Utah (Utah County), Lehi — 156 — Russon & Peck Immigration to Utah
Lott Russon, Sr. was born January 1, 1829, and Eliza Round was born October 21, 1830, in England. The couple married December 25, 1850, and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (LDS/Mormon) two years later. To support his . . . — Map (db m150069) HM
Utah (Utah County), Lehi — The History of the Lehi Sugar Factory
The Lehi factory of the Utah Sugar Company, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, occupies a pre-eminent place among early sugar mills in America. As historian Leonard Arrington has written: “It was the first sugar-beet factory . . . — Map (db m149976) HM
Utah (Utah County), Pleasant Grove — 246 — Civil War Skirmish at Pleasant Grove12 April 1863
Not all Federal Troops fought Confederates during the Civil War. Some were posted in the West to protect Union interests. Battles and skirmishes in the West were considered part of the Civil War. * The 3rd Reg. California Volunteer Infantry . . . — Map (db m149573) HM WM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 15 — Birth of Hurricane
1893–1904 This monument is near the spot where a celebration took place on August 6, 1904. After nearly eleven years of arduous work on the canal, water was ready for diversion onto the land. “Five or six wagon loads of . . . — Map (db m1329) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — Hurricane CanalUtah Historic Site
The construction of the Hurricane Canal is one of Utah's proudest stories of pioneer determination. This canal, built completely by hand, opened the Hurricane Bench to farming and the establishment of the town of Hurricane. In 1893 two local men, . . . — Map (db m59363) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 23-C — Hurricane City
Hurricane had its humble beginning in the year 1906 with the coming of eleven families to establish their homes. These first settlers were the families of T. Maurice Hinton, Ira E. Bradshaw, Anthony Jepson, Thomas Ison, Bernard Hinton, Erastus Lee, . . . — Map (db m1461) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 134 — Southern Exploring Company - 1849Parley P. Pratt — Southern Utah Expedition —
The confluence of Ash and LaVerkin Creeks with the Virgin River is important in the history of this region. Footsteps long forgotten have passed through this region. Some have been remembered but most have faded with time. Roaming bands of Indians, . . . — Map (db m59447) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 118 — The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail
Segments of the old Indian trails between St. George and Long Valley were used by Mormon pioneers to settle Long Valley in 1864 and for its resettlement in 1871 following Indian conflicts. This trail scaled the Hurricane Fault on the Johnson Twist. . . . — Map (db m74618) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 100A — The Historic Hurricane Canal
When first conceived, the Hurricane Canal seemed like an impossible dream. Beginning at a point seven miles up the Virgin River, water had to travel through flumes, tunnels, and over deep ravines. The canal had to hang on steep, unstable cliffs and . . . — Map (db m1328) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 101B — The Historic Hurricane Canal
When first conceived, the Hurricane Canal seemed like an impossible dream. Beginning at a point seven miles up the Virgin River, water had to travel through flumes, tunnels, and over deep ravines. The canal had to hang on steep, unstable cliffs and . . . — Map (db m74617) HM
Utah (Washington County), Hurricane — 166 — The Town Named After a Buggy Incident
Buggies, such as the one before you, were an important part of early America. As the name implies, Doctors' Buggies were used by physicians but they were also a popular choice for many others as well. Buggies were dearly prized and generally kept in . . . — Map (db m59373) HM
Utah (Washington County), La Verkin — 135 — Southern Exploring Company – 1849Parley P. Pratt — Southern Utah Expedition —
The confluence of Ash and LaVerkin Creeks with the Virgin River is important in the history of this region. Footsteps long forgotten have passed through this region. Some have been remembered but most have faded with time. Roaming bands of Indians, . . . — Map (db m59449) HM
Utah (Washington County), New Harmony — 159 — Snowfield Monument"Franciscan Fathers"
October 13, 1776: "We set out southward from the small river and campsite of Nuestra Senora del Pilar ("Our Lady of the Pillar" – Kolob Canyon of Zion Canyon National Park)…" and…"We traveled a league and a half to the south, . . . — Map (db m59468) HM
Utah (Washington County), Saint George — Brigham Young Home
Brigham Young was prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 30 years. During those three decades he directed the establishment of more than three hundred communities throughout the American West. It was "Brother . . . — Map (db m59229) HM
Utah (Washington County), Saint George — Erastus Snow's Big House
On this site in 1867, Erastus Snow began construction on a four-story, adobe home which later became known as the "Big House." Snow, an LDS apostle, was the presiding Mormon leader during the colonization of St. George. The "Big House" was an . . . — Map (db m59233) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — And the Desert Shall Blossom
Water—the lack of it and too much of it—was the greatest challenge to Dixie’s early Mormon settlers. When the original company of families entered the St. George valley late in 1861, they had little more than two small springs to reply . . . — Map (db m1395) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — Dixie Academy
Across the street west, and 2 blocks south of here, stands the building originally known as the St. George Academy. After the turn of the century Southern Utah citizens realized a great need for higher education in this isolated corner of the state. . . . — Map (db m1392) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — Gardeners’ Club Hall
Built just five years after St. George was settled, the Gardeners’ Club Hall is considered to be the oldest public building standing in the city. This small, unassuming adobe building predates the courthouse, the Tabernacle and the Temple by several . . . — Map (db m1385) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — Pioneer Courthouse
The seat of county government was originally established at Fort Harmony from 1856 until 1859. It was then moved to the city of Washington until 1863 when St. George became the County Seat. By 1866, work had begun on the Washington County . . . — Map (db m1391) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — St. George Social Hall “Opera House”
At a time of colonization, colonizors of the Dixie Cotton Mission were struggling to survive, their leaders planned a higher priority on culture. The Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, taught that “man is that he might have joy.” His . . . — Map (db m1393) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — St. George Tabernacle
Less than a year after St. George was settled, residents were directed by Brigham Young to “build a building as soon as possible which would be commodious, substantial and well furnished with a seating capacity of 2,000.” The building, . . . — Map (db m1387) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — St. George Temple
When the Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah, they had left behind 2 temples—one in Kirkland, Ohio, and one in Nauvoo, Illinois. Work began on a temple in Salt Lake City in 1853, but was delayed for various reasons. Desirous of having a temple . . . — Map (db m1386) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — The Woodward School
When the first settlers arrived in St. George late in 1861, school was held in a wagon box, a tent, a willow shack, or whatever shelter could be improvised. By 1864, the first of four ward houses was completed. It was not until nearly the end of the . . . — Map (db m1389) HM
Utah (Washington County), St. George — 130 — Utah Is Rich in Aviation History
The first regularly scheduled overland passenger flight in the USA was made by Western Air Express on May 23, 1926, from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. This 50-foot concrete arrow was one of four here in the St. George area, placed every 10 miles, . . . — Map (db m59016) HM
Wyoming (Goshen County), Fort Laramie — 49 — Mormon Pioneers at Fort Laramie
Between the years 1847 and 1868, most of the approximate 80,000 Mormon Pioneers passed through Fort Laramie. This was the first stop for the vanguard company after leaving Winter Quarters, (near Omaha) Nebraska. In June, 1847, after following a . . . — Map (db m79776) HM

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