The city was named in honor of John W. Gunnison, a United States Army officer who surveyed for the transcontinental railroad in 1853.
John Patten Jr. HouseDedicated to the Two Hundredth Anniversary
of the United States of America
and sponsored by the
Utah American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
and Manti Camp of D.U.P, Dr. Ruth M. Graham
and other donorsConstructed about 1854 by John Patton, Jr., this house was built of rock from the temple hill just five years after arrival of the first settlers. Patton served as militiaman, legislator, sheriff, farmer and inventor of agricultural implements.
The John Patten House was constructed c.1854 of limestone. John Patten came to Utah in 1850 and settled in Manti. He was active in community affairs serving as a representative to the Utah Territorial Legislature, Sheriff of Sanpete County and a member of the City Council. The vernacular style house is an excellent example of early pioneer stone construction in Utah. The house was acquired May 23, 1976 with the assistance of a grant from the Utah Bicentennial Commission and the help of Dr. Ruth Graham, a descendant of John Patten.
Mayfield was settled in 1871. Some of the area’s founding families included the Andersons, Petersons, Petersen’s, Bartholomews, Jensens, Sorensen’s and Willdens. When the first white settlers came they found out that this area was considered sacred by the Indians who said it was a ” healing Ground”. It is said that no fighting has ever occurred in Mayfield.
Tiny 70 acre Palisade Reservoir draws swimmers to its sandy beach and anglers year-round. The carefully landscaped park is very well maintained. Canoes and paddle boats can be rented. There is also an 18-hole golf course.
Palisade State Park & Reservoir draws swimmers, year-round anglers and non-motorized watercraft enthusiasts. There is also an 18-hole golf course, practice range, professional golf shop and snack bar. Hiking areas abound and Six-Mile Canyon provides excellent off-highway vehicle riding just outside the park.
Palisade State Park is southeast of Manti and is landscaped with trees and grass. Park facilities include 53 individual campsites, sandy beach, modern rest rooms with hot showers, group camping area and covered group-use pavilion. Canoe and paddle boat rentals are available.
Yuba Lake (technically Yuba Reservoir) is in Yuba State Park and is popular for boating, fishing and all types of watersports.
Yuba State Park got its name from the individuals who built the dam. Local farmers and ranchers had to build the dam themselves or risk losing their water rights. The men working on the structure called it the U.B. Dam. As they worked they sang a song that stated they were damned if they worked and damned if they didn’t. The phonetic sound of the reservoir’s name was eventually spelled Yuba.
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.