'This Is The Place' SP, Salt Lake City
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.
These are the famous words Brigham Young is reported to have said on his first glimpse of the Salt Lake Valley. The monument now marking the spot was sculpted by his grandson Mahonri Young (who never knew his famous grandfather). Brigham later recorded that he had seen a vision then of the growth of the city, of homes and farms covering the valley that at the time was full of summer grass and sagebrush.
On top of the 60 ft tall pillar are Brigham Young, and his two counselors Heber Kimball and Wilford Woodruff. On the monument are bas-reliefs which share the history of the Salt Lake Valley up to the time of the pioneers' entry. There are images of the Spanish fathers Francisco Dominguez and Silvestre Escalante who were the first white men to see the future state of Utah. There are the mountain men and explorers who first pushed their way through in pursuit of beaver and knowledge. Chief Washakie is the lone representative of the First Americans who were influential in that first century of white settlement. Also remembered is the Donner-Reed wagon train which passed through the year before and cut the way for Young's party. They went on to infamy in the Sierras. And in joyous celebration are Erastus Snow and Orson Pratt who were the first of the Mormon pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley.
It is a nice spot to see the city and to contemplate the growth of the West.
Connected with the monument is the Heritage park, a recreated Deseret Village from some original and some replica buildings. Across the street is the Hogle Zoo. After a visit to the park, if you have time, drive up the canyon the pioneers came down, turn left at the East Canyon junction and drive to Big Mountain where you can see the first view they had of the valley that later became their home.
This is the place monument is the first place where the first mormon pioneers settled when they crossed the plaines back in early 1800's. The story of this great history tells about the incredible journey of those people who were driven from their land and homes because of thei beliefs. It will melt your heart!
This sounds very farmiliar to what they have done in Bakersfield, Ca.
They took many of the towns old historical homes and moved them here into the park and restored them so all can enjoy and see what it was like to live during this time frame. Good idea!!
Its called, "This is the Place Heritage Park" with living actual citizens, 150 of them who demostrate everyday pioneer life.
There is also a beautifully done monument, which impressed me because they pay tribute to the spanish explores, native americans, and to the poineers men and women who struggled and suffered to settle here to start a new life with "Freedom".
Monument Hours and Admission
This Is The Place Monument and grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk.
Admission is always free to This Is The Place Monument.
Visitor Center Hours and Admission
The Visitor Center is open year-round, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A free 20-minute video is shown every hour on request in the mural room on the lower level. The Gift & Book Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is always free to the Visitor Center.
Old Deseret Village Hours
The Village is open for "living history" from May to September. Old Deseret Village is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Village hours will be extended until 9 p.m. for Liberty Days (July 2, 3 & 5, 2004) and the Pioneer Festival (July 22-24, 2004). Although Monday through Thursday Village interpretation will limited, Fridays and Saturdays will be filled with additional activities, including wagon rides and visits from historical figures such as Brigham Young, Martin Harris, Samuel Clemens, Karl G. Maeser, Porter Rockwell, Jane Manning James, Mary Fielding Smith and Eliza R. Snow. As not all interpreters are available at all times, be sure to return often and meet them all.
I cannot recall the name or this park, but it is behind city hall on the hill. If you park and walk up the path, you can read about the travels of Brigham and Young. Also, it serves as one of the best picture taking locations in the city!