Big Cottonwood Canyon TrailDuring their first 20-plus years in the Salt Lake Valley, people who settled this area did so at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. They depended on the sawmills and later the mines as a means of support. Following the joining of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, people in the area were able to obtain land grants through the "Homestead Act." Andrew Hansen Sr. obtained a land grant for 160 acres in the area that would become known as "Danish Town." Several African Americans obtained land grants in the western section of our city. Others obtained grants on the Butler Bench. Without water, farming was difficult as the soil was very sandy and gravelly and had to be cleared of sagebrush and scrub oak. Many of the first farmers did not stay long and sold their property to others. The first crops were dry-farm crops of grains, hay, and alfalfa.
|Placed By||2013 by Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12T E 431924 N 4498068|
|Decimal Degrees||40.63065000, -111.80496667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 37.839', W 111° 48.298'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 37' 50.34" N, 111° 48' 17.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||801, 435|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3148 Old Mill Cir, Cottonwood Heights UT 84121, US|
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