David Branson Brinton Home
The adobe (center) section of this home was built in 1877 by David Branson Brinton.
The east and west additions were constructed by Brinton of brick and were completed in 1896.
Old Fort Site
During the Walker Indian War in 1853, 161 settlers on Big Cottonwood Creek built a fort at this location.
The fort enclosed four acres, but was not needed as the Indians proved to be friendly.
S.U.P. Marker #B-1, other S.U.P. Markers here.
Our Sweet Three Year Old Daughter
Name unknown but surely well-loved was in 1848 the first to be laid to rest in this historic Holladay Memorial Park. The cemetery, second in the valley, was begun under the direction of Brigham Young. The streams, rolling hills and mountain views make this a beautiful location.
The Holladay Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers have erected this monument, sculpted by Stan Watts, to honor our pioneer forefathers sent to settle in the area of the Springs, called Spring Creek. The Pioneer Mississippi Company, with its leader John Holladay, first called the settlement Holladay’s Burgh.
Located in Holladay, the Memorial Holladay Cemetery, also called Holladay Memorial Park is a beautiful cemetery with monuments, memorials and graves from pioneers to the area and recent.
First Settlers of Holladay
John D. Holladay, a leader of the Mississippi Company of Mormon Pioneers, entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 29, 1847.
John Holladay’s group explored the valley of the Great Salt Lake and its tributary canyons with an eye towards irrigation, wild hay for their animals, and water power for mills. Most of the Mississippi Company stayed together and by fall had planned their farms and community in the area of a free-flowing, spring-fed stream issuing from the base of Mt. Olympus. Thus the village of Spring Creek, as the stream was then called, was the first to be established away from Great Salt Lake City itself.
As soon as John D. Holladay was named the Branch President, the village took upon itself the name of Holladay’s Settlement or Holladay’s Burgh.
In February 0f 1849 the first surveyed plots of land were issued to the settlers.
Original Land Owners
Lot #1 John D. Holladay
Lot #2 Allen F. Smithson
Lot #3 Robert D. Covington
Lot #4 John D. Holladay
Lot #5 Robert D. Covington
Lot #6 Orlando F. Mead
Lot #7 Robert D. Covington
Lot #8 John Lockhart
Lot #9 John Lockhart
Lot #10 John D. Holladay
Lot #11 Lyman Stephens
Lot #12 Joseph Matthews
Lot #13 Ezekiel Lee
Lot # 14 Milo Andrus
Lot #15 Daniel W. Perkins
Lot #16 William Casto
Lot #17 William Watkins
Lot #18 William Whitehead
Map and information courtesy of Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Steven L. Carr
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On July 29, 1847 a group of Mormon pioneers (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) known as the Mississippi Company, among them John Holladay of Alabama, entered the Salt Lake Valley. Within weeks after their arrival, they discovered a free-flowing, spring-fed stream, which they called Spring Creek (near what is now Kentucky Avenue). While most of the group returned to the main settlement in Great Salt Lake for the winter, two or three men built dugouts along this stream and wintered over. Thus, this became the first village established away from Great Salt Lake City itself. In the spring, a number of families hurried out to build homes and tame the land. There were numerous springs and ponds here and grasses and wild flowers were abundant, making this a most desirable area for settlement.