- This Is The Place Heritage Park
The This Is The Place Heritage Park is located on the east side of
Salt Lake City, Utah, at the foot of the Wasatch Rangeand near the mouth of Emigration Canyon.
The location of the park is where, on July 24,
1847, Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valleythat would soon become the Mormon pioneers' new home. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsbelieve that Young had a vision shortly after they were exiled from Nauvoo, Illinois. In the vision, he saw the place where the Latter-day Saints would settle and "make the desert blossom like a rose" and where they would build their State of Deseret.
As the account goes, Brigham Young was very sick with
Rocky Mountain Spotted Feverand was riding in the back of a wagon. After exiting Emigration Canyonand cresting a small hill, he asked to look out of the wagon. Those with him opened the canvas cover and propped him up so he could see the empty desert valley below. He then proclaimed, "It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on." The words, "this is the place," were soon heard throughout the wagon train as the Mormon pioneers descended into the valley, their long journey having come to an end.
However well known this story is amongst the inhabitants of Utah, there is little to no recollection of this phrase in contemporary journals until
Wilford Woodruffrecorded it later in a personal journal.Fact|date=July 2007
Over the next several years, tens of thousands of Mormon pioneers emerged from Emigration Canyon and first saw their new home from this same location. A Utah state holiday, Pioneer Day, occurs each year on July 24 to commemorate the Mormon pioneers' entry into the valley.
B. H. Robertsand a Boy Scouttroop built a wooden marker identifying the spot where Brigham Young's party had first entered the valley. In 1921 this was replaced by a white stone obeliskthat still stands east of the 1917 monument.
Utah, This is the Place
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