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Wheeler Historic Farm Park
One of Salt Lake County’s Parks, located in Murray at 6351 S 900 E.
The Henry J. Wheeler farm is one of the few remaining turn-of-the-Century farmsteads in the Salt Lake Valley that has not been lost to the expanding housing developments of metropolitan Salt Lake City.
The farm was established by Henry J, feeler, the third son of English converts who journeyed to Utah in 1352 as converts to the Mormon Church, Born February 18, 1866, Henry grew up on his father’s farm in the South Cottonwood area, In 1886, at the age of twenty, he married Sariah Pixton and established his own farm in the vicinity of his father’s farm. The present brick home and several outbuildings were constructed in 1898 by Sid Gills and Hans Yorgensen, A Mr. Hayes, employed by the Sugar House Lumber Company, was the carpenter for the interior woodwork. The home, according to the 1902 publication, Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, “…was planned by Mrs. Wheeler and reflects great credit upon her knowledge of architecture, as it is not only homelike and convenient, but one of the prettiest little farm houses to be found in the county.”
The seventy-five acre farm is now owned by the Salt Lake County Recreation Department, who plan to develop the site as an early 1900 farmstead as a recreational and educational center for Salt Lake Valley’s
The farm, with its horde, outbuildings, corrals, fields,, wooded areas and stream, remains as the best preserved example of an 1890-1910 farmstead in Utah’s most populated county.
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