Utah’s Dixie

There are distinctive geographical and cultural characteristics that distinguish Utah’s Dixie region. Although the traditional historical approach has been to look at the region chronologically from the Mormon point of view, this paper will attempt, first, to review several national and regional forces that had an impact on Dixie and to look at Dixie’s impact […]

Harrisburg Utah

There is a lovely tree grove on the southeast slopes of Pine Valley Mountain. Clear, cold springs gush from them, fed by winter snowfall and summer rains. These springs flow in a steady stream, eventually joining to form Quail Creek, as an early pioneer or trapper named it.  The stream winds eastward for a mile […]

The Trials of an Army in Utah

Rumors of an army being sent to Utah proceeded the receipt of more certain news that arrived in Utah Territory on July 24, 1857. Not knowing the intentions of the Army, brigham young and militia officers began military preparations. New Military District were created.  Apostle George A. Smith was sent south through Utah Territory to […]

The Heaton Family at Pipe Spring

This article originally appeared in Vol.60 No.1 of Pioneer Magazine by Glenda heaton Pipe Spring fort was completed by April 1872, though interior work continued for several years. The completed structure consisted of two sandstone block buildings that faced each other across a courtyard, each two stories tall. Heavy wooden gates, which opened outward, enclosed […]

Golden Threads

The following story originally appeared in the March/April 1980 issue of Pioneer Magazine. by Lois B. Erickson Louisa leaned heavily against the door frame and viewed the noisy, squirming, wriggling creatures before her. On and on it went for twenty-four hours a day. The inconvenience disappeared in her mind as happiness and pride surged through […]

Pipe Spring National Monument

In the mid 1800s, Mormon explorers pushed down through southern Utah across the state border to escape escalating hostility by the U.S. government towards their polygamist practices. The Church built a settlement and cattle ranch around Pipe Spring, which marginalized the Kaibab Paiutes by cutting off their water use. Overgrazing, along with increased drought, destroyed […]

Pioneer Ushuaia Style

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1990 issue of Pioneer Magazine. by Leo L. Mower leo mower, photographer and reporter for the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, and his wife, Mildred, recently visited the southernmost town in all the world, Ushuaia, located on the southern tip of Argentina. They bring us […]

The Gardens at Thanksgiving Point

Created in the Pioneer Spirit By Esther Truitt Henrichsen Garden Designer at thanksgiving point This article originally appeared in Vol.60 No.2 of Pioneer Magazine. When the Mormon Pioneers arrived in Utah, they courageously took the semi-arid landscape and built gardens, farms, and cities from scratch. Using the Zion city plan as a template and guide, […]

Changes in LDS Hymns

Implications and Opportunities Douglas Campbell examined changes In the following four hymnals published by the First Presidency: A Collection of Sacred hymns, for the Church of the Latter Day Samis (1335); Latter-day Saint Hymns (1927); Hymns: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1948); and Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints […]

BEESLEY, Ebenezer

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of Pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson Ebenezer Beesley was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, on December 14, 1840, the fourth child of William Sheppard Beesley and Susannah Edwards Beesley. Young Ebenezer was a musical prodigy. When his parents’ Wesleyan Methodist choir practiced in the Beesley home, six-year-old […]

Centennial History Of Cornish And Trenton, Two Unique Utah Towns

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1971 edition of Pioneer Magazine. ON THE BIG RANGE, a centennial history of Cornish and Trenton, Cache County, Utah (1870-1970). A. J. Simonds; special collections Library, Utah State University.  250 numbered copies, 157 pages, $5.00. Cornish and Trenton (until 1907 one community) are virtually unique in rural Utah. […]

Reflections on Mormon Families

This article originally appeared in the Jul/Aug 1983 edition of Pioneer Magazine by Richard Horsley , Researcher for Pioneer Books & Research Center For a number of years now it has been my privilege to gather information on the early prominent families which came to Utah as pioneers. My own lineage traces six Utah families […]

PHELPS, William Wines

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of Pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson Among W. W. Phelps’s many important contributions to the building of the kingdom was his writing the words to “The Spirit of God” and “Praise to the Man,” as well as numerous other hymns. William Wines Phelps was born in Hanover, […]

Orderville: a poem

By Michael Bennett Orderville … A chall’nging place to find; It lay somewhere along the byway Leading off the eight nine highway; Near to Bryce, towards Zion’s skyway, Somewhere there’s a town that left behind The wayward world, the 70s; No mind … We’d say, “’twas never my way.”   Orderville … the very sound […]

The Joy of Pioneer Music

This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of Pioneer Magazine. by Louis Pickett As the year’s pass, I often think back on the happy times of my youth. In doing so I recall one of the fondest memories I have of my father. As the family would travel, whether in a horse-drawn wagon to […]

The Call to Settle the Muddy

from Elizabeth Claridge McCune No place on earth seemed so precious to me at fifteen years of age as [the town of] dear old Nephi [in Utah’s Juab County]. How eagerly we looked forward to the periodical visits of President brigham young and his company! “Bro. Brigham, Bros. Kimball and Wells with [their] entire company […]

Holding on to the Past

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of Pioneer Magazine By Kellene Ricks Adams A century and a half ago, the Utah pioneers likely didn’t think twice about the clothes they wore, the tools they used, the dishes they washed or the homes they lived in. Yet these ordinary parts of their lives, […]

The Tenth Ward

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. Another of the initial nineteen wards created in the Salt Lake Valley was the Tenth Ward. On what was formerly known as Tenth Ward Square, three distinct structures are located. The Tenth Ward meetinghouse, which was built in 1873, was the oldest building. It […]

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