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Pioneer Crossing Bridge

Erected 2013 – This bridge commemorates the area where the first pioneers crossed the Jordan River to settle the West side of the Salt lake Valley.  In November 1848, the family of Joseph and Susannah Harker were the first “over Jordan” and built a log home near 3300 South and 1400 West.

On January 9, 1849, the families of Thomas MacKay, John Bennion, Samuel Bennion, Thomas Tarbet, William Blackhurt, William Farrer, John Robinson and James Taylor crossed the Jordan River on the ice and built dugouts and cabins in this area.

Other settlers followed these first pioneer, resulting in many prosperous communities West of the Jordan River.  Pioneer Crossing Bridge honors these first families and all others who have sought a brighter future by making their home on the Salt Lake Valley’s West side.



Moesser – Rushton Granary

Erected c1878 in Hunter, Preserved 2014 – As pioneers and homesteaders moved West across the Salt Lake Valley they prospered in developing farming communities.  Harvested lumber from Bingham, Harker and Coon Canyons in the Oquirrh Mountains was used by settlers to build area homes, barns and granaries.

Pioneer Joseph Hyrum Moesser constructed this granary near his adobe brick house in c1878 at approximately 4450 South 5400 West in Hunter.  Newly wed Alma E Rushton acquired this granary and surrounding farm in 1917.  Merging it into the Rushton homestead across the street.  This historic granary was in use for over 100 years of agricultural production and is perhaps the oldest building in West Valley City today.  It commemorates all those that seek to build and shape their community into a better place.