October, 1849, under the leadership of Dan Jones, a Welsh company entered the valley. Later, a few settled a farming community along the river a short distance north of here. They were not adept at farming so the settlement was abandoned with many going to Sanpete County to mine coal and settle the town of Wales.
Parks in Taylorsville.
- Autumn Meadows (5300 S. 2200 W.)
- Bennion Park (5600 S. 3200 W.)
- Freedom Shrine (4550 S Jordan River Parkway)
- Gary C. Swensen Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West)
- Millrace Park (1200 W. 5400 S.)
- Taylorsville Park
- Taylorsville Skate Park (4721 S. Redwood Rd.)
- Vista Baseball Park (2200 West 5000 South)
On this site, 6200 South and Redwood Road, in the year 1905 stood the 64th District School House. It was a red brick building consisting of two large rooms on the west side and a single large room on the east side.
The name of the school was changed three times in a four year period:
- 1905 64th District School
- 1906 (September) South Taylorsville School
- 1908 (May) Madison School
The Madison School site was sold to Bennion Ward. October 12, 1921.
The following people served as principals of the school:
W. R. Wilson 1905 – 1907
Elizabeth Bennion 1907 – 1909
Zeretta Frame 1909 – 1910
Clarissa Saunders 1910-1911
Emma J. Webster 1911 – 1912
Alta Stookey 1912 – 1913
W. R. Wilson 1913 – 1915
Note: After the site was sold to the LDS Church, a chapel was built on the site. After many years it became a Baptist Church where the monument remained. Due to a street-widening project, the building next to the monument was demolished. The monument was to be moved but it crumbled and the plaque saved. In 2010 the plaque was re-mounted on a new base a short distance west of the previous location and the old chapel cornerstone and plaque added at the base.
(SUP #9 is on the plaque and SUP #50 is not shown on the plaque)
See other historic markers in the series on this page for SUP Markers.
In 1853 the settlers west of the Jordan River were advised by President Brigham Young to build a fort, to protect them from Indians. Thick walls of rock and adobe, with one gate surrounded two acres of land. Adobe partitions separated dwellings that faced a central area containing a combined church and school and a well of brackish water. The fort was located north of the present site of Taylorsville Cemetery. The foundation of this marker is built of rock from pioneer homes of this community.
Above: The historic marker that was there from 1941 until at least 2007 when I took the photos.
Below: I returned in 2017 and the plaque is replaced with a new look and slightly rearranged wording.
Upon the advice of Brigham Young, the first settlers west of the Jordan River built English Fort in 1853 for protection from Indians. Thick walls of rock and adobe with one gate surrounded the two acres of land. Adobe partitions separated the dwellings within which faced a central area containing a combined church and school and a well of brackish water. The fort was located north of the present site of Taylorsville Cemetery. The foundation of this historic marker is built of rock from the original pioneer homes of this community.
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Taylorsville, Utah is made up of the historic communities Taylorsville, Bennion, and Kearns.
While Taylorsville is still one of Utah’s newest cities, the area has a rich history reaching back to 1848 when pioneers Joseph and Susanna Harker crossed over the Jordan River and founded the Taylorsville-Bennion areas originally referred to as “Over Jordan.”
Taylorsville was part of West Jordan and was known as North Jordan early on. The settlement was later renamed Taylorsville after the Taylor family who were early settlers in this area. John Taylor, third president of the Mormon Church was a member of the Taylor family.(*)
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