Mt. Pleasant is one of the places claiming to be the geographical center of the state, I’ve seen 3 so far.
After taking lumber out of Pleasant Creek Canyon in late 1851, a band of Mormon colonists from Manti led by Madison D. Hambleton returned in the spring of 1852 to establish the Hambleton Settlement near the present site of Mt. Pleasant. During the Walkara (Walker) Indian War, the small group of settlers relocated to Spring Town (Spring City) and later to Manti for protection. The old settlement was burned down by local Native Americans, so when a large colonizing party from Ephraim and Manti returned to the area in 1859, a new, permanent townsite was laid out in its present location—one hundred miles south of Salt Lake City and twenty-two miles northeast of Manti.
Among the founding settlers were Mormon converts from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and the eastern United States. By 1880, at which time Mt. Pleasant was the county’s largest city, with a population of 2,000, more than 72 percent of its married adults were foreign born. This ethnic diversity had an important impact on village life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For decades, five languages were commonly spoken in town, creating confusing and sometimes amusing communication problems.
- Carnegie Library
- First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant
- Geographical Center of Utah
- Hansen-Barton Building
- Mount Pleasant Christmas Lights
- Mt. Pleasant City Aquatic Center
- Mt Pleasant City Park
- Mt. Pleasant Elementary (old)
- Mt. Pleasant Fort
- Mt. Pleasant Monument
- Mt. Pleasant National Guard Armory
- Mt Pleasant Relic Home
- Mt Pleasant Telegraph History
- Peter Johansen House
- Power Plant Park
- South Ward Building
Posts about building located in the Downtown / Main Street area Mount Pleasant are on this page.
Posts about historic homes in Mount Pleasant are on this page.
Spring City was first known as “Allred Settlement”. The original settlers in 1852 were under the leadership of James Allred and most of them were his family members. When an LDS ward was organized there in 1853, Ruben W. Allred was appointed the first bishop. The settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1853 because of ongoing conflict with the indigenous people of the area, the Ute people, including San Pitch Utes (Sanpete county derives its name from the San Pitch Utes). The village was reestablished as “Springtown” in 1859 by William Black, George Black and Joseph S. Black. Christen G. Larsen was made bishop of a new LDS ward in 1860. Beginning in 1853, the Allred family and other church leaders had begun to encourage Danish immigrants to settle in Sanpete County, and, particularly after the community was reestablished in 1859, to join the Allred Settlement. By the mid-1860s locals referred to the north side of town as “Little Copenhagen” or “Little Denmark”. Spring City was also a site of fighting during the Black Hawk War.(*)
Historic Buildings in Spring City:
Historic Homes in Spring City:
- Anderson Madsen House
- Andrew Olsen House
- George Downard House
- Jens C. Anderson House
Peter Johansen House
I found this gorgeous house at 800 North and Center Street in Castle Dale.
This one and a half story victorian farm house was constructed in 1912 for Peter Johansen, builders were Charlie Jacobsen, carpenter, with Lois Christensen and Mill Peterson brick masons. A cattle rancher, Peter Johansen was born May 14, 1861 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah and first came to Emery County as a herder for the Mt. Pleasant cooperative herd.
Mt. Pleasant, a small town nestled at the foot of the mountains in Sanpete County near the geographical center of Utah, was settled early in 1859. During June the men kept busy tending their crops and building a fort, twenty-six rods by twenty-six rods, enclosing about five and one-half acres of grounds between Main Street and First North and State Street and First East.
The wall was twelve feet high, four feet wide at the bottom tapering to two feet at the top, and constructed of native rock laid with lime mortar, according to specific instructions. Sixteen feet of the fort wall was allowed for each cabin built inside the fort; each had one porthole about seven feet from the ground. Water was obtained from Pleasant Creek, which passed almost parallel east and west through the center of the fort. Corrals for all the live-stock were built to the north, just outside the fort, leaving a roadway between. Completed on July 18, 1859, the fort had the distinction of being the finest in Sanpete County.
The first break in the fort wall was made in 1878 to make room for the new, enlarged ZCMI store to be built in the southwest corner of the fort. The town had grown from about 800 to 1,200, but only a few families still lived inside the fort, then called the Tithing Yard.
On Sept. 7, 1872, the final peace treaty of the Utah Black Hawk Indian War was signed at the home of Bishop Seeley by General Henry A. Morrow, Orson Hyde, Amasa Tucker, Fredrick Olson, Reddick Allred and William S. Seeley. Representing the Indians were sub-chiefs Tabiona, White Hare, Angitzebl and others who served under Chief Black Hawk. The war cost Utah $1,535,000.00, the lives of more than 75 whites and several times that many Indians.
Check out all of the historic markers placed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers at JacobBarlow. com/dup