George M. Cannon House


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George M. Cannon House

Built c. 1890, the house is significant for its architecture and for its association with George M. Cannon, an important businessman and political leader in Utah.  Mr. Cannon was instrumental in the development of the Forest Dale subdivision, one of the earliest, largest, and most successful subdivisions in the southeast section of Salt Lake City.   This home is located in the subdivision and was constructed during the subdivision’s initial development.  It was designed by awrchitect John A. Headlund.  Mr Headlund was a native of Sweden, moving to the United States in 1880.  This home is one of the first buildings in Utah that he designed.  It is an elongated, two-story, brick building that features brick corbelling, round arch windows, stain-glassed transoms, a projecting bay, roof cresting, and Eastlake style porch elements.

Across the street is the Forest Dale Ward Chapel.

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From Wikipedia, The George M. Cannon House, built in 1890, is an historic Late Victorian mansion located at 720 East Ashton Avenue (2340 South) in the Forest Dale area of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was designed by noted Salt Lake architect John A. Headlund for George Mousley Cannon (December 25, 1861 – January 23, 1937), a member of the Cannon family, a prominent Intermountain West political family. In 1889 George M. Cannon had bought Forest Farm from the estate of Brigham Young and created the subdivision of Forest Dale and later the larger town of Forest Dale, which existed from 1902 until 1912, when it was reabsorbed into Salt Lake City. Brigham Young’s Forest Farmhouse was moved in 1975 from its location near this house to the This Is The Place Heritage Park for restoration.

On July 18, 1983, the George M. Cannon House was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is the only separately listed property in the Forest Dale Historic District, which was added to the NRHP on April 23, 2009.

Today the George M. Cannon House is the Parrish Place Bed and Breakfast, so called because each of its guest rooms is named for a different Maxfield Parrish painting. Its current owners are Jeff and Karin Gauvin, whose 2006 quest to purchase the house was featured on HGTV’s House Hunters. Reruns of the program have been shown as recently as October 19, 2009.



Forest Dale, Utah


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Built from 1861 to 1864, Brigham Young’s farmhouse stood here until 1975 when it was moved to the Pioneer Trails State Park.  Brigham called this place his “forest farm.”  The neighborhood would later be called Forest Dale.

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Next door is the George M. Cannon House and across the street is the Forest Dale Ward Chapel.

From Wikipedia, The Forest Dale Historic District is located in the southeastern part of Salt Lake City, Utah and is roughly bounded by 700 East, Interstate 80, Commonwealth Avenue, and 900 East. It includes the “cohesive core” of the Forest Dale Subdivision platted in 1890, as well as the larger Town of Forest Dale, which was incorporated on January 6, 1902, disincorporated in the fall of 1912, and reabsorbed into the city of Salt Lake City. Both the subdivision and town were created by George Mousley Cannon (December 25, 1861–January 23, 1937), a member of the Cannon family, a prominent Intermountain West political family. The land for Forest Dale was originally Forest Farm, which Cannon had bought in 1889 from the estate of Brigham Young. Despite being bordered on 2 sides by major traffic corridors and on a third by a major arterial highway, the district “maintains its historic “inner-ring” suburban quality due to its tree-lined streets, uniform setbacks, and the similarity of scale in the housing stock.” Forest Dale Golf Course is just southeast across I-80, and Fairmont Park is just to the east, separating Forest Dale from downtown Sugar House. The S Line (formerly known as Sugar House Streetcar) includes two stops near Forest Dale and Parley’s Trail runs along the streetcar line. The streetcar and trail opened in late 2013 and early 2014, respectively.

On April 23, 2009, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). One of the most significant buildings in the district is the George M. Cannon House, which is listed separately on the NRHP.

Joseph F. Steenblik Park


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Joseph F. Steenblik Park

Joseph F. Steenblik

Joseph F. Steenblik, a friend of youth and builder of men in cultural, physical and spiritual activities. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1904 he has lived in Rose Park area since 1908. Over the years Joseph has promoted many scout activities such as Scout-O-Rama and has been chairman of scout fund drives. As well as his support of the Boy Scouts, Joseph helped supervise and realize that girls need outdoor outings as much as boys. Mr. Steenblik was instrumental in the organizing and building of the Rose Park Library, Rose Park Gymnasium and local Church Stake Houses. He has been a good example of a Good Samaritan. He has been kind to the less fortunate has set a great example with honest dealings in his business and with his employees, and has shown the value of dependability and hard work.

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Dairy Cats – by Day Christensen

The “Dairy Cats” were developed with the Steenblik Dairy, a longtime presence in the Rose Park neighborhood, in mind.  The cats are sited so children and adults can enjoy them as they visit or walk through Steenblik Park.  The four cats are cast in bronze with variations in patina, resulting in a diversity of colors combined with the classic richness of the bronze.

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1938 School Bus / Train Accident


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1938 School Bus / Train Accident Memorial


Bus Passengers:


  • Rela Marie Beckstead
  • Neal Wilson Densley
  • Robert Hansen Egbert
  • William H. Glazier
  • George Albert Hunt
  • Lois Anna Johnson
  • Byard Larson
  • Rosa Larson
  • Naomi Lewis
  • Helen Lloyd
  • Lois Rae Miller
  • Virginia Nelson
  • Roland Blaine Page
  • Louis Duane Parkinson
  • Allen Ole Petersen
  • Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Harold W. Sandstrom
  • Farrold H. Silcox (Driver)
  • Carol Vincent Stephensen
  • Viola Sundquist
  • Naomi Webb
  • Wilbert Webb
  • Dean Lee Roy Winward
  • Helen Young


  • Mack Bateman
  • Chloe Beckstead
  • Manuel Beckstead
  • Marjorie Beckstead
  • Doug Brown
  • Laraine Freeman
  • Oneva Green
  • Marjorie Groves
  • Louise Hardman
  • Glen Kump
  • Manford Osborne
  • Ida Smith
  • Mabel Smith
  • Ann Webb
  • Russell Webb

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Tragedy Strikes Small Farming Cummunities

December 1, 1938 dawned as a snowy, foggy, eerily quiet day.  While a school bus headed through the dense winter storm toward Jordan High School, a loaded Denver and Rio Grande freight train rolled north toward Salt Lake City.  Near the railroad crossing at 10200 South and 400 West, the driver stopped the bus.   He opened the door to look beyond the thick fog but did not see the 80+ car “Flying Ute” train approaching at over 50 miles per hour.  At 8:43 a.m., the wet rubber tires of the bus strained up the gentle grade and pulled slowly forward across the tracks.  Upon seeing the bus, the train crew immediately applied the brakes, but the collision was inevitable.  The tragedy killed 23 children and the bus driver.  The 15 survivors faced a lifetime of serious physical injuries and emotional scars.  The devastation felt by all residents of the South Salt Lake Valley is impossible to describe in words alone.  At the time, Jordan High was the only high school serving the present day boundaries from the Cottonwood Canyons to 8400 west, and Point of the Mountain to 6400 South.  The impact and tragic loss left no family untouched.  Every South Jordan home had lost a son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or friend.

Tragedy Draws National Attention

This bus/train accident sent the community and the nation into mourning while various religious, charitable and governmental organizations rallied to support the area.  Local and national media coverage brought an outpouring of sympathy for the victims and their families.  Business and governmental investigations combed through massive amounts of data to determine what practical improvements could be made to avoid similar catastrophes.  Countless generations have benefited from railroad crossing laws and mechanical crossing arms.  Often taken for granted is a mandatory requirement for bus drivers to not only stop at railroad crossings, but also to open their door and driver side window to look and listen for oncoming trains.  Resulting from a disaster in this small Utah town, these national regulations are still in place today, making the loves of many school children much safer.


Naomi Lewis, age 17, penned this poem the night before she died in the bus/train wreck.
Earth’s Angels.
 I like to think that the wind
Is Angles in the trees,
Stanley noble Angels
that no one ever sees.
When the world is peaceful
and people are living right,
They rustle the branches gently
throughout the entire night.
But when the world is wicked
Then sorrow bursts from the trees,
and it sounds like the wailing,
woeful hum
of hostile atrocious bees.
Buy in my imagining
It’s angels sorrowing in the tree.
At night they call a council
Of angels on the earth,
Each angel chooses a mortal
to guide to his preordained worth.
So I like to think that wind
Is angels in the trees
Stanley noble angels
That no-one ever, ever sees.
This monument is located in the Cemetery in South Jordan.

South Jordan Cemetery


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Henry Beckstead selected land immediately west of the first meetinghouse in South Jordan for use as a “burying ground.”  The land was donated by James Oliver, an early settler in South Jordan, and is the site of the South Jordan cemetery at 1055 West 10750 South.

Two month old John A. Bills, son of William A. Bills, died on September 9, 1863, and Mr Beckstead selected the burial site the same day.  The Bills family held the funeral September 10, 1863, making the burial of John A. the first in the town cemetery of South Jordan.

Henry Byram Beckstead became the first sexton of the South Jordan Cemetery and served for sixty-seven years, until his death in 1930.  Wallace Beckstead, Pete Winward, Tom Sheppick, Alma Holt and Alden Winters served successively as sextons.

People originally used large, white, wooden markers on the graves.  The names and other data were painted in black.  Moroni Olivery made the wooden grave markers in his cabinet shop.  Berha Holt grew gladiolas and Harriet Christiansen arranged sprays for funeral services.

The rural South Jordan Cemetery was five acres in size.  It was the only Cemetery south of the West Jordan Cemetery and west of the Jordan River at the time it was designed.  The South Jordan Ward maintained the cemetery until ownership was turned over to the City on October 1, 1945.  In 1960, Royal Beckstead sold two and a half acres of land to the City to extend the cemetery northward.

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South Jordan Veteran’s Memorial


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South Jordan Veteran’s Memorial

Our lives are filled with symbolism. This monument, dedicated to those who served their country, is symbolic of sacrifice.  May those who come here find peace, courage, and hope.

The circular form represents life and existence, the eternal qualities that surround and are a part of all mankind.  “Honor, Pride and Pain” are defined by artist L’Dean Trueblood in her sculpture of two soldiers.  In the service and sacrifice of war, it is that noble part of the soldier’s character that we honor.

The two soldiers stand as silent sentinels to those buried here.  Whether under a blue sky with a warm, gentle summer breeze or the cold, damp, blustery darkness of a stormy winter night, the soldiers  stand, unyielding to the elements until the day when these graves will be empty and Another will stand guard over all humanity.  As if on an alter and as a statement of sacrifice, the dead are listed around the soldiers’ feet.  Each soldier who gave his or her life in battle has a star in front of their name.

Below the names lies a reflecting pool, not of water, but polished black granite.  The maps represent places where battles were fought and courage conquered fear.  A circular field of earth tones surrounds the monument.  Reds represent Mother Earth and the fact that we, the living, walk in freedom on the blood and sacrifice of many.

Polished black represents the area of the dead, where dignity should reside.  The four white benches stand for the area of living – a place where mortality may return to find solace, comfort, or pay homage and respect for those who have sacrificed for us.

– Written by Joey Clegg –

Monument dedicated by Elder Boyd K. Packer, May 4, 2002

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This monument is located in the Cemetery in South Jordan.