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 […]

NIELSEN, Peder Christian

This is a story about my great-great-grandfather Peder Christian Nielsen. It was written by May Nielsen Anderson, with modifications by Frank Merrill Nielsen in 2019. Peder Christian Nielsen was born April 21st, 1823 in Sadinge Parish, Maribo, denmark. This is located on the island Lolland. You can see the town of Maribo, where Peder is from, right between […]

Pony Express Station: Salt Lake City

South Facade of the Historic Tribune Building, 143 S. Main, Salt Lake City – sup #283 “It could be said that the pony express was the first rapid transit, the first fast mail line across the continent,” said Cindy Toone, the historic preservation committee state chairwoman for the National Society daughters of the american revolution […]

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 […]


This article originally appeared in Vol.50, No.1 (2003) of Pioneer Magazine. by Janet Peterson Evan Stephens‘s philosophy of Mormon music, “that which breathes optimism and not pessimism, “1 permeates the dozens of hymns for which he composed music and/or written lyrics. Called the “tithing” child by his father, Evan Stephens was the tenth child of […]

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 […]