The Muddy Mission

By Susan Lyman-Whitney Spring comes early to the Moapa Valley of southern Nevada. In late January, you can see the green begin. Against a backdrop of desolate hills, each bush flaunts pale new leaves. Spring must have been the best season for the pioneers. Before the crop-curdling heat of August, before summer rain flooded the […]

Wasatch Tabernacle, Heber City

A version of this article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. In 1859, a group of families from Provo, Utah, moved to Wasatch County and founded heber City. President Heber C. Kimball was honored with the name of the small community. The Wasatch Stake Tabernacle was built in Heber City between 1887 […]

St. George Gardner’s 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 years. Located across the street north and a half block west of [the marker], the […]

Utah’s Grasshoppers

Utah Territory received its share or more of visits from the grasshoppers in the first 30 to 35 years of settlement. The report of the Entomological Commission of 1877 claimed that they had appeared in Utah every year except two since 1851, explaining that “this Territory is liable to suffer more or less, especially in […]

Little Garway, England

This article first appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 garway hill is a 1200 foot landmark in southwest herefordshire England where some rich Latter-day Saint history unfolded. In 1840, James and Margaret Morgan joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and brought the faith to their home at little garway Farm, on […]

Horses were Heroes too!

This article originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.2 After a few months of comparative peace, there developed Indian troubles along the pony express Trail, especially in Utah and Nevada. At Fish Springs, Utah, the eastbound rider received a new, excellent horse. The attendant warned, “There’s a band of Goshutes hopping mad about something. […]

BRIGGS, Thomas

Bountiful Pioneer At their December meeting the south davis chapter eulogized the pioneer life of Thomas Briggs, which was presented by Bruce Briggs, a second great-grandson. Thomas Briggs emigrated to America in 1851. He made the six-week ocean journey from England to America arriving at the Port of New Orleans, then up the Mississippi River […]

How They Got The Name: Weber

[This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1970 edition of Pioneer Magazine.] Colorful and Picturesque Places in Mountain West By T. Mack Woolley Weber River is the second largest affluent of Great Salt Lake. Its headquarters are to the southeast in both the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. Weber Canyon with its northeast fork, Echo, is […]

Chatburn, England

The article previously appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 In both of heber C. Kimball’s missions to England he served in the Ribble Valley near Preston, Lancashire. In that region are some quaint little villages, including chatburn and Downham. This is an area of stunning beauty. At that time, locals felt that residents of […]

The Day Brigham Lost His Spyglass

by D. F. Bartschi  The sinister figure on the black stallion moved quietly through the river thicket. Trail stained and blackened by the drifting fly-ash of the crackling prairie fire, which seemed to stretch to the horizon in all directions. orrin porter rockwell, advance scout, night guard, buffalo hunter and general security, seemed part of […]

Herefordshire Beacon

This article originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 A range of hills aligned north-south runs for about eight miles near the area where the English county of Worcestershire meets that of herefordshire. Known as the malvern hills, this range and surrounding areas constitute a region of stunning natural beauty. Toward the southern end […]

Historic Parley’s Hollow

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1980 issue of Pioneer Magazine, prior to the construction of the current SUP headquarters building at 3301 E Louise in Salt Lake City by Edson Packer, Assistant to Historian I am standing on the rim of Parley’s Hollow at 3300 East and 2800 South. This is the future […]

Historic Shrines Not Junk Depots 

AT THE RATE with which Utah’s old buildings are being memorialized, pretty soon most all the ancient edifices still standing will be enshrined by the National Register of Historic Places.  Some of the buildings recently given such recognition are as follows: the Beaver County Courthouse, Cove Fort, fort deseret, the Territorial Capitol at Fillmore, St. […]

Brigham City Monuments

Brigham City, a Co-op Town Location: Box Elder, Utah County: Box Elder Monument Number: 74 Sponsor: Box Elder Chapter Location: brigham young Park, West Forest Street Monument inscription reads: Brigham City was the first important Mormon Pioneer Community to organize itself for co-operative activity under a system later incorporated in

Historic Devereaux Mansion

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1972 Issue of Pioneer Magazine Now and at long last nominated as a Utah Pioneer Historic Landmark is the once historic and picturesque Devereaux House, on the north side of South Temple Street between Second and Third West in Salt Lake City. It was built sometime in the […]

James Smithies Home

This article originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 This home near bashall eaves (Barshe Lees) was once owned by James and Nancy Smithies. They were two of the earliest converts to the LDS church in England. The Smithies home was a center of religious activity for the Church.  There were conferences, ordinations, and […]