The Benjamin Cemetery isn’t big but it has some pioneer graves and a great view from up on a hill.
Sandy Beach is a really fun place to play in the summer, I have spent countless hours there. It’s one of the only places in Utah Lake where the bottom is sand instead of stinky mud and the water doesn’t really get deep – I can walk hundreds of feet out into the lake and still have my feet on the ground. It’s a fun place for fires and playing with kids in the water.
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.
Lake Shore was part of the Spanish Fork Indian Farm from 1854 to 1865. A few settlers were here in the early 1860s and many came from 1870 to 1900 who have descendants living here today.
In 1880 the Spanish Fork West Branch was formed with about 25 families. On June 12, 1886 a ward was organized and our town was named Lake Shore. The boundaries are West Mountain, Utah Lake, Spanish Fork River and 1/4 mile South of 6400 South. The first church dedicated in 1892, was where the chapel is today.
In 1881 the 60 owners of irrigation water were farmers who raised various crops, beef and dairy cattle. Wild grass was harvested on the many pastures.
In 1881 the first public building was the Blue Adobe School, three more buildings and also Furguson Hall were used as schools. The Lake Shore School was built on this spot and used for students up to 8th grade from 1922 to 1987. The original bell and sign from the Lake Shore School are on this monument.
In 1930 the population was 464. July 13, 1980 Lake Shore had 670 people and was divided into two wards. June 17, 2000 population was 861 when this monument was dedicated.
Next to the monument with the bell is a commemorative drinking fountain for the first artesian well driven in this part of the Country, the rig was fashioned by Joseph Francis and with the help of his brother, Samuel, the well was driven in 1877 on the Samuel Francis homestead one and three fourths miles west of this spot.
This Monument marks the South-West corner of Fort Palmyra. This Fort was built by the settlers for protection. Palmyra was selected in 1852 as a suitable place to build a city by Apostle Geo. A. Smith. The first home was built in August of that year. W.W. Willis was its first Mayor. The first bishop was Stephen Markam. Silas Hillman was the first school teacher. Upon advice from President Brigham Young, the settlers of Palmyra moved to Spanish Fork, in 1856.
In 1865 a fort was erected one mile and a quarter north from this spot, on the west bank of the Spanish Fork River. It was a square and covered one acre of ground. The walls were four feet thick at the base and tapered to about two and a half feet at the top. It was nine feet high with a porthole in each corner. It first served as a resting place for travelers and a refuge from the Indians. In later years Thomas Draper made a dugout inside the fort and lived there with his family.
Check out all of the historic markers placed by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers at JacobBarlow. com/dup
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.(*)
Here is D.U.P. Marker # 500, where we read of the first buildings in Palmyra, Utah.
Palmyra‘s First Amusement Hall
To the north of the little one-room schoolhouse, the people of Palmyra began building the lumber Amusement Hall on February 10, 1900. It took exactly one month to complete the building, and a dance was held in it that evening. A potbellied stove kept the building warm. There was no indoor plumbing; the outhouses were to the east of the building.
For several years, the Amusement Hall was used for church meetings and social activities, including basketball, wrestling, and dances. The Amusement Hall was used until 1933.
The first school was built in the Palmyra Fort. The second school, an adobe brick building which measured twenty-four feet by thirty-two feet with a rock foundation, was built across the street in the early 1890s. The entrance was a six-foot hallway with a row of coat hooks around the wall and a shelf above for dinner buckets. There were four rows of double seats with one grade in each row – first, second, third, and fourth; one teacher taught all four grades. There was a potbellied stove in the northeast corner and a blackboard on the east wall. A flowing well was located near the east wall. Horses ridden to school were tied to a hitching post. Some children rode to school in a covered wagon. This school was replaced in 1920.
Spanish Fork is eight miles south of Provo on I-15 and the Spanish Fork River. Spanish Fork was an out-growth of Palmyra, Located to the northwest. As the community developed, Palmyra diminished and eventually became a suburb of Spanish Fork. In the early days, both settlements existed with one fort, Fort St. Luke. Spanish Fork received its name from the adjacent river, which was named by the 1776 Dominguez-Escalante expeditions.
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Palmyra was founded in 1852 on the banks of the Spanish Fork River. The town soon became absorbed into the city of Spanish Fork. Present-day Palmyra is a later out-growth of Spanish Fork. Both Palmyra’s were named for Palmyra, New York, a town prominent in early Mormon history.
Check out the old historic marker at the site of the old fort here.