Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site

Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site (HMNJ1)

Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Salt Lake County
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N 40° 45.758', W 111° 53.823'

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Utah's first pioneer burial site was located just thirty feet west and two hundred feet south ofthis point. Here, thirty-three Utah pioneers were buried beginning with three year-old Milton Thirlkill. This youngster from Mississippi drowned on 11 August 1847 in City Creek, three days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley.

Other pioneers known to have rested here include Caroline Van Dyke Grant (26 Sept. 1847), Eliza Ann Rich (11 Feb. 1849), perhaps Laura Exphena Rich (7-9 May 1849), and other unidentified members of theCharles C. Rich and Vincent Shurtliff families.

Lost to memory for decades, the site was discovered during construction work in 1986, The burials had been placed by the pioneers in the soft earth ofa prehistoric Indian mound which, when excavated, alsorevealed several Native American burials.

The burial site was one block east of the "Old Fort" (now Pioneer Park). Salt Lake City's first settlement site. The Fort soon expanded onto the blocks to the north and south. The site would have initially served this early municipal area.

All surviving remains were scientifically removed andcarefully reinterred. Unfortunately, not all theremains could be identified on the basis of existing records. The pioneers are reburied in an appropriate historic setting at Pioneer Trail State Park, 2601Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, overlooking the valley they came to settle.
HM NumberHMNJ1
Year Placed1987
Placed ByBlock 49 Commitee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 4:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 424286 N 4512794
Decimal Degrees40.76263333, -111.89705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 45.758', W 111° 53.823'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 45' 45.48" N, 111° 53' 49.38" W
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Area Code(s)801
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-251 W Broadway, Salt Lake City UT 84101, US
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