Heber Second Ward Chapel

The Heber Second Ward Chapel was built in 1915 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was added to the National Historic Register (#78002706) on December 12, 1978. It is currently the St. Lawrence Catholic Church. and is located at 5 South 100 West in Heber City, Utah.

The Heber Second Ward is the oldest unaltered ward meetinghouse now standing in the community. It is one of the best examples of that style in the Church.

The first settlers who came to the Heber Valley in 1859 were converts to the
Mormon Church. Many of them had originally settled in Utah Valley, but since they were latecomers’, all of the best farm land had already been divided up before they arrived. When the road up Provo Canyon was completed, and Heber Valley was opened up for settlement, they took the opportunity to move to the virgin land.

Since the settlers were members of the LDS Church, one of the first buildings they completed was a small log building to be used as a church. Until a bishop was called, the general church leaders in Salt Lake appointed one of the group to be a presiding elder. By 1861, a ward was organized and Joseph Stacy Murdock was called to be the bishop in the valley.

The communities in the area continued to grow and by 1877 a stake was organized and Heber was divided into two wards. Abram Hatch, who had replaced Murdock as bishop, was called to be the first stake president. 1 He held-that post until 1901 when William H. Smart was appointed leader of the stake.

Two years after Smart had come to Heber, he divided the two Heber wards and created three wards. The Second Ward boundaries included the west side of Main Street. A jog was made in the boundaries to include Joseph A. Rasband who had been appointed the first bishop of the ward.

Rasband, who served as bishop of the ward for twenty-three years, was born in Heber City in 1867 to Thomas and Elizabeth Giles Rasband. He marries Eliza Jeffs, a daughter of Mark and Mary Carlile Jeffs. Mark Jeffs, one of the early businessmen in Heber, gave Rasband a job at his store when he returned from a mission to the Samoan Islands. When Jeffs went on a mission, Rasband became the general manager of his store. Later when Jeffs’ store was incorporated into the Heber Mercantile, Rasband became
general manager of the new store and held that position for thirty years.

When the Second Ward was organized, Rasband obtained permission from the stake for the ward to meeting in the Old Social Hall. As the membership increased, the bishopric made plans to build a meetinghouse. Arrangements were made to collect money for the new chapel. With the help of the stake presidency, they selected an architect from a Church approved list.

The architect the ward chose was Joseph Nelson of Provo. Nelson, who designed the City and County Building in Provo, as well as several schools, apartments and residences, was born in Box Elder County. He lived in Provo much of his life and served as bishop of the Provo Sixth Ward. Nelson designed a number of Gothic styled churches in the 1910s, although many of the church approved architects were using the prairie style during that period of time. Nelson designed a church for a Provo ward similar to the Heber Second Ward in the late 1910s.

The first plans to build the church started in 1913. That year the ward purchased the Methodist Church at the corner of Center and First West. The Center Creek Ward, the ward in a community about five miles from Heber and just off Highway 40, bought the Methodist Church and moved it to that community.

In 1913 Bishop Rasband announced in priesthood meeting that the work would begin on the new meetinghouse. During the winter of 1913 and 1914 a group of men and boys gathered logs and the foundation of the building was started in April, 1914. Work continued on the chapel and by August 1, 1915, the building was nearly finished and a committee went to Salt Lake to get furnishings and fencing.

Bishop Rasband felt that the wardhouse should not be used until it was completely paid off. Throughout the construction period he asked members of the Church to give money to the building fund. Since much of the tithing money stayed in the local ward and stake in the early days, the Church headquarters in Salt Lake did not offer much financial assistance. The ward did receive $1,000 from the general Church leadership.

As the chapel neared completion, Rasband increased his pleas for support. He organized a special ward bazaar to raise additional money and by the end of December, 1915, the ward had raised the necessary funds. It was dedicated on December 26, 1915, and Francis M. Lyman, an apostle, offered the dedicatory prayer.

The church cost $19,251.30. Most of the labor was provided by ward members. The original chapel held four hundred people and Sunday School rooms were in the basement.

The Second Ward used the meeting house for over fifty years. In 1954 when the Fifth Ward was organized, it also used the building. In the 1960’s a new stake center was completed which also serves as a meetinghouse for the Second and Fifth wards. The old meetinghouse was put up for sale and sold to the Catholic Church. The priest from Park City holds Mass in the Church on Sundays.

Rose Cottage


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Located at 1787 North Main Street in Farmington, Utah.

Built in 1877 and vacant since 2007, the Rose Home (also called the Rose Cottage) is an often seen local landmark.


The description of a friend’s geocache says:
Alley Stephen Rose was one of the early settlers in Farmington. He built a home in about 1877 which became known as Rose Cottage. It was located halfway between Salt Lake City and Ogden. It has been vacant since 2007, when it was purchased by UDOT as part of a project renovating US Highway 89. It has been vacant since that time, and has been vandalized and fallen into disrepair. Currently (Sep 2010) efforts are being made to find funding to restore the home. UDOT is working with the City of Farmington toward that end. (Standard Examiner; Davis Plus section September 2, 2010)
Alley S. Rose is the 2nd great-grandfather of Mr. lv2wj. He served with Major Lot Smith in the Utah Volunteers during the Civil War. They are buried about 25 feet from each other in the Farmington Cemetery.

Excerpt from diary of Alley S. Rose:
Jan 18, 1899 [This was a Wednesday.] Clear and pleasant. At home, wrote a letter to my brother Wm. S. Rose, Syracuse, N.Y. Evening had a meeting here for the purpose of dedicating my house and receiving our patriarchal blessings. Apostle John W. Taylor was present. Also 3 patriarchs, viz. John Kynaston of East Bountiful, Ezra T. Clark and James R. Millard, with about 40 others. . . . Apostle Taylor then dedicated our home and E.T. Clark pronounced the benediction. After this a fine lunch was served and all expressed themselves as being well pleased with the exercises. Adjourned at midnight.

It is fun to try to imagine this meeting/party going on until midnight in the dead of winter in what must have been at the time a grand but relatively small home! Sad to see it in its present condition. We hope they are able to find funding to restore it.

Bear River Massacre

Bear River Massacre

On January 29, 2021 a new plaque was unveiled at this site. Prior to that D.U.P. Marker #186 and U.P.T.L.A. Marker #16 were here. The D.U.P. worked with descendants of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation to share a more accurate depiction of the events that took place here in 1963 compared to the account on the previous markers.

The new marker reads:
In memory of the estimated 400 men, women, and children of the Northwestern Shoshone Nation who were brutally massacred in this vicinity on January 29, 1863, by the United States Army California Volunteers from Fort Douglas, Utah, under the command of Colonel Patrick E. Connor. The attack took place in the early morning hours against a group of people with limited defense and without peaceful means first being sought when a conflict arose. As a result of the encounter, 23 soldiers died. Chief Sagwitch and other survivors joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, established a thriving farming community known as Washakie, and many helped build the Logan Temple.

Tule Springs


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Tule Springs

Tule Springs is one of the few sites in the U.S. where evidence suggest the presence of man before 11,000 B.C.

Scientific evidence shows this area, once covered with sagebrush and bordered with yellow-pine forests, had many springs. These springs were centers of activity for both big game animals and human predators. Evidence found at these fossil springs shows the presence, 14,000 to 11,000 years ago, of several extinct animals; the ground sloth, mammoth, prehistoric horse and American camel. The first Nevada record of the extinct giant condor comes from Tule Springs.

Early man, perhaps living in the valley as early as 13,000 years ago, and definitely present 11,000 years ago, was a hunter of the big game.

Small populations of desert culture people, about 7,000 years ago to the historic period, depended upon vegetable foods and small game for subsistence.

Late Pleistocene geological stratigraphy in few other areas is as complete and well known.

State Historical Marker No.86 (see others on this page)
Nevada State Park System
Southern Nevada Historical Society

Jackson Square


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(info from Wikipedia) Jackson Square is an early subdivision of Salt Lake City developed by Kimball and Richards Land Merchants in 1909.
The neighborhood’s boundaries are 200 East, 300 East, include Hampton Avenue, Kelsey Avenue, and Edith Avenue (today’s 1130 South, 1165 South and 1205 South, respectively).

Based on sketches and photographic evidence, the Jackson Square development once included 12-18 stone monuments which stood on each corner of the neighborhood. In 1909, Shipler Commercial Photographs captured images of Kimball and Richards workers clearing earth and building the stone monuments, including in the Jackson Square subdivision. These photos were also used in newspapers advertisements for Jackson Square.

The stone monuments included embedded Jackson Square name plaques, along with appropriate street name plaques on two sides. They were also capped with orbs. Today, only one monument remains standing; it is on the southwest corner of Edith and 300 East, though the original orb is missing. The base of another pillar can be found on the southeast corner of Hampton and 200 East.

Historic Wheeler Survey Marker


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Historic Wheeler Survey Marker

In 1869 the United States Army sent First Lieutenant George M. Wheeler on a brief reconnaissance which later created the Country’s “Geographic Survey West of the One Hundredth Meridian”. This survey gave our leaders the first accurate mapping of the Western half of the Country, collecting data of the natural history, geology, geography, climate, weather and ethnology.

At Kelton, Utah