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'This Is The Place' SP, Salt Lake City: 5 reviews and 12 photos

  Avard Fairbank's Pony Express
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  • Avard Fairbank's Pony Express - Salt Lake City
      Avard Fairbank's Pony Express
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  • View from monument to Visitor Center - Salt Lake City
      View from monument to Visitor Center
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  • Burial - Salt Lake City
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The park, which used to consist of the monument and visitor's center, continues to grow and develop. There are now several other statues commemorating different events and people influential in the settlement of the Salt Lake Valley. There is a long avenue of grass along which they are placed. If you drive in then you miss this part of the park. But on a recent visit I had to park at the other end and so took the opportunity to walk down this path.

There is the statue of the family burying someone who died along the pioneer trail. Representing many who gave their lives to settle the west it is a poignant reminder of the cost.

There are several statues dedicated to early settlers.

Further away is the Pony Express statue and re-created express station. The Pony Express came this way during its short-lived history to deliver mail across the undeveloped west quickly. Over 1800 miles long the horses rode as fast as they could from station to station delivering mail sent in St Joseph MO to Sacramento CA in about 10 days.

There is a spot being built to remember the Mormon Battalion. These men (and some women) were mustered into the army in Iowa in 1846 and walked across the west, at times forging a new trail across the barren desert, to help in the Mexican War. The war was mostly over by the time they arrived in San Diego. But they set to work building and working and their efforts are known to any who study early California history. When they were mustered out they went different directions. Many headed up north to help build Sutter's Fort and were present (if not responsible) when gold was discovered. One group on the way back to join their families were the first to encounter the remains of the Donner-Reed party in the Sierras and set to work burying the dead.

And last, but the other direction along the road, is a small marker erected to mark the spot where Brigham Young first saw the valley he had lead his people to.

Address: 2601 Sunnyside Avenue
Phone: (801) 584-8391
Website: http://www.thingstodo.com/states/UT/stateparks/

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2010
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