On Tuesday, October 9th, Mr. LeMmon and Mrs. Lundgren's 7th grade Utah Studies classes visited, This is the Place Monument. The students seemed to enjoy the trip, and the stories that the workers told.
The monument is there to honor the LDS pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 lead by Brigham Young. As Brigham Young looked out over the valley of The Great Salt Lake, he spoke the words, “This is the place .” The pioneers called this land Zion, meaning “The Pure in Heart,” or “The Chosen Place.”
The students learned about different Native Americans groups that occupied the land at the time of the Mormon Pioneers: the Navajos, Goshutes, Paiutes, Shoshone and the Utes.
They learned about blacksmiths and how important that job was in the community. Although this job has been stereotyped as a rough and tough male occupation, the job required very smart people. Being a blacksmith was one of the highest paying jobs needing many years of apprentice schooling. The job was important to many people, including farmers, doctors, dentists.
As a treat, the workers provided them with a free train ride. Students toured the monument site and learned about the many houses that are still standing there today.
The students went on a short trek pulling hand carts behind them, three students to the front and three to the back. On this trek the students had to work together to push and pull the carts through the rugged hills.
This is the Place Monument is a very interesting site, and it provides you with a better knowledge of how our ancestors lived a hundred ago. If you are interested, check it out sometime. Enjoy the little things they have to provide you.