Just outside Mount Pleasant, Utah is this home that is sinking and falling apart. I stopped by to document it before it is someday gone.
“These are the mill stones from the first grist mill in this area”
It was built in 1863 by Elam Cheney, Sr. a pioneer of 1847. At the request of President Brigham Young he quarried & shaped the stones & moved them & his family to Fairview where he also blacksmithed the iron & carpentered the wood.
The stones were turned by an overshot water wheel with water from the Sanpitch River.
– By the Cheney Family Association – 1965
Mountainville was settled in 1882, officially named in 1906 but has since faded from being a separate community and is now just the area between Fairview and Mount Pleasant.
Some of the first missionaries from Mountainville were George Stansforth, Allen Rowe, Richard Brown, William L. Shelley, William Keith Brown, John Mason Burnside, David A. Shelley, John Bell, Mitchell Burnside, June Shelley and Betty Shelley.
In the 1880s a small log church was built and the Relief Society was organized.
There are some great photos on these pages:
The Niels P. Hjort house is architecturally significant as an example of a modified temple-form, gable-facade cross-wing type, which was one of the basic residential building types implemented by early Utah settlers. The vernacular classical design of the house, with subtle Greek Revival influence and stone construction, is in many ways typical of early Sanpete Valley dwellings, where oolite limestone was a common building material. This particular type of limestone was used not only in swellings but in larger commercial, public, and religious buildings including there prominent Manti LDS Temple. It was even exported for out-of-state construction projects.
Sanpete Valley had an ethnically diverse population, drawing immigrants from all parts of northern Europe. Neils P. Hjort, as a Norwegian immigrant, was a member of the Scandinavian population in the valley. Although some Scandinavian immigrants constructed houses after the traditions of their homelands, Hjort, perhaps feeling the need to acculurate with other Mormon converts, chose to build his house in a traditional American form.
A cool city park, themed after the fort that used to be in its location in Fairview, Utah.
The plaque outside the park says:
Iven R. Cox
May 8, 1914 – November 13, 1992
His life was dedicated to his fellow man and woman. Fairview is brighter and better because of his service. We honor his incolvement in many civic projects and business endeavors including:
- Fairview Lions Club
- Central Utah Telephone
- Sons of the Utah Pioneers
- Far West Bank
- Boys Scouts of America
- Fairview Senior Citizens
- Fair Fount Frederal Credit Union
With his example of hard work, he exemplified that challenges are not limiting. Respectfully we dedicate this park and monument to his memory.
The Fairview Museum of History and Art
Home of the National Shrine to Love and Devotion
This page is documenting the exterior of the museum, see the link below to see the interior.
The museum consists of 2 main buildings: the 115+ year old, former school, Heritage building which contains historical collections and the works of world renown sculptor Dr. Avard T Fairbanks, and the more contemporary Horizon building which houses regional art, the Colombian Mammoth (named Spirit), historical displays, Clark Bronson bronze collection and other services.(*)