History Minute: Pioneer Park

sits on a 10-acre plot of land, named for Mormon settlers who established Salt Lake City. It hosted many First Nations encampments over the centuries for the same reason it drew the pioneers: natural springs and a source of water. In July of —a week after their arrival in the valley—the eponymous pioneers began construction of a walled fort for arriving settlers from around the world.

For twenty years, this space was a place of rest and reprieve for those who hoped to make Salt Lake City their home. By 1890, the area was used as a playground, and on Pioneer Day, 1898, the location was dedicated as one of Salt Lake City’s first five parks. Over the next century, the neighborhood continued to be the gateway to the state for waves of new pioneers including Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Chinese immigrants, to name a few. 

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