The Benjamin Cemetery isn’t big but it has some pioneer graves and a great view from up on a hill.
I have been trying to find some history of this old place, but so far I’ve come up empty. It’s in Spanish Fork/Leland/Benjamin, right along the railroad on Hide-Tallow Road. Alternate spelling I have found is Hyde Tallow, there’s a company a lot of old timers worked at called Utah Hide and Tallow it may be related to.
This cool looking home in Palmyra/Spanish Fork was part of the movie “Made Men” and is also mentioned on several websites that list haunted sites, there are some stories of murders that may have happened in there.
William Parry Bowen and Ruth Jones were children when their parents came to Utah in 1856 with the John Hunt Wagon Train. They married and lived in this home. Their eldest daughter, Mary Eleanor Bowen married Lars Peter Larsen and their family lived in the home.
Benjamin is a small town of 1,145 as of the 2010 census.
Benjamin was settled in 1863 by Barry Wride. A natural outgrowth of Payson, a town just three miles to the north, the townsite of Benjamin was first surveyed in 1886. It was Benjamin Franklin Stewart, an LDS presiding elder from 1868-85, after whom the town was named. Other early settlers included John Hawkins and Benjamin’s brother, Andrew Jackson Stewart.(*)
A small town at the base of West Mountain and named for it, West Mountain, Utah is just west of Payson and Benjamin.
A monument at the chapel in West Mountain reads:
The first inhabitants of West Mountain were a band of ancient Fremont Indians from 300-1000 A.D. They recorded their existence on rock art near the north point.
The first recorded Mormon settlers were George and Eliza Rust. Other settlers in the 1800′s were William McBeth, Jesse and Amanda Knight, Wallace S. Clark, Andrew Hendrickson, Freeman and Carol Tanner, Pardon and Clarissa Wedd and James S. and Diana McBeth, whoes home still stands across the street from this monument.
In the early 1900′s, few moved into the area. In 1916 Strawberry Water became available for irrigation that made possible the growth that was to come.
West Mountain Mormons attended church in a Payson ward until January 16, 1949, when the West Ward was created with Abner Baird as Bishop. Dephin S. Hiatt was the second Bishop and under his direction the West Ward Chapel was built. West Ward members concentrated their efforts in cash and labor and on April 25, 1954 this chapel was dedicated by Elder Richard L. Evans.
West Mountain has seen many changes since the Ancient Indians and early pioneers settled the land. There presently exists four West Mountain Wards. After every division there were tears of parting but here the Kingdom still thrives, all sharing in the blessings and heritage of West Mountain.
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There are plenty of geocaches up there to keep you entertained, but be careful what time of year you go if you’re going to hike around at all because we call it spider mountain for a good reason, every bush, tree or rock has a spider on it, some bushes have hundreds. That was in July.
There’s a fun road that takes you up to the top, it’s a dirt road but it’s graded and you can take pretty much anything up there.
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