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 […]

Kimball – Whitney Cemetery

1/2 Block North of Temple Square, Just East of Conference Center, Salt Lake City A little over a week after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Church leaders were allotted property by President brigham young. Heber C. Kimball chose this block to the northeast of Temple Square. Newel K. Whitney claimed an adjacent property immediately […]

Young Family Cemetery

140 East 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City “I, brigham young, wish my funeral services to be conducted in the following manner: When I breathe my last I wish my friends to put my body in as clean and wholesome state as can conveniently be done, and preserve the same for one, two, three or four […]


from History of Utah, Vol.4 by Orson F. Whitney William Jennings chief title to fame is in his career as one of the principal founders of Utah’s commerce. An early advocate and establisher of home industries, he was also a merchant, a cattle man, a railroad magnate, a city councilor, a member of the territorial […]

Salt Lake West Side Stories

A History of the pioneer park Neighborhood Presenting a new blog series that tells the little known history of Salt Lake City’s oldest industrial and international district. The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts has introduced a new blog, called “Salt Lake City West Side Stories“, which includes recommended readings and some short field trips […]

History Minute: Pioneer Park

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 1847—a week after their arrival in the valley—the eponymous pioneers […]

COX, Orville Sutherland

Being successful in disposing of their chairs, and securing loads of bacon and corn, they were almost home when an Iowa blizzard, or Hurricane, or cyclone, or all in one, struck them. Clouds and Egyptian darkness settled suddenly around them. They had no modern "tornado cellars", to flee into and no manner of shelter of any kind. The cold was intense; the wind came from every direction; they were all skilled backwoodsmen and knew they were very close to their homes; but they also knew that they were hopelessly lost in that swirling wind and those black clouds of snow. They and their oxen were freezing, and their only hope of life was in making a fire and camping where they were.

History Minute: Eagle Gate

From Wikipedia: The monument was erected in 1859 and commemorates the entrance to Brigham Young‘s property at the mouth of City Creek Canyon. It was originally topped by a wooden eagle, refurbished several times and eventually replaced by the current 4,000-pound, bronze eagle, with a wingspan of 20 feet (6.1 m). Carved by Ralph Ramsay, the original wooden eagle is on […]

B&W Hatch Films from 1930s

https://vimeo.com/142406279 Narrated by Joseph L. Hatch (a descendant) these 4 8mm B&W 50′ movie reels depict live as it was in hawaii, Salt Lake and Heber cities, Utah during the 1930s. Light struck, deteriorating film, fast panning and scanning the camera, double exposure (a common occurrence with double 8mm film) –  yes BUT very precious […]

City of the Saints

In the middle of the 19th Century, the Mormon pioneers came to an empty valley in the western mountains and there built for themselves and their children, a city.  They built it from bricks that they made from their own hands from the mud of the valley floor; or, from stones cut one by one […]

DALTON, Charles Wakeman: A True Pioneer

Exploration in the early 1850 's confirmed the southern half of Utah had the potential to grow cotton, grapes, figs, flax, hemp, rice, sugarcane, tobacco and produce iron ore. In May of 1854 Brigham Young sent a group of missionaries under the leadership of Rufus C. Allen to the South. This company arrived in Pine Valley, about 35 miles Northeast of St. George, Utah on the headwaters of the Santa Clara Creek in early spring. Charles W. Dalton and family was in this company.