Snowfield Monument

Snowfield Monument (HM14E8)

Location: New Harmony, UT 84757 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 21.63', W 113° 15.708'

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"Franciscan Fathers"

October 13, 1776: "We set out southward from the small river and campsite of Nuestra Senora del Pilar ("Our Lady of the Pillar" - Kolob Canyon of Zion Canyon National Park)?" and?"We traveled a league and a half to the south, descended to the little Rio del Pilar (Ash Creek) which here has a leafy cottonwood grove, crossed it, now leaving the valley of the Senor San Jose, and entered a stony cut in the form of a pass between two high sierras?" "We continued without a guide, and having traveled with great difficulty over the many stones for a league to the south, we descended a second time to the Rio del Pilar and halted on its banks in a pretty cottonwood grove, naming the place San Daniel - Today five leagues south."

Franciscan Fathers Atanasio Dominguez, Sylvestre Velez de Escalante and eight other members of a daring exploration party departed the Mision de Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 29. 1776, in an attempt to establish contact with the Franciscan mission at Monterey, California. Following previous expeditions into the Spanish borderlands they were able to cross the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Colorado, and entered the unexplored regions of the Great Basin near Spanish Fork, Utah. They then proceeded southward along the Wasatch Mountains expecting a westward flowing river that would eventually take them to the Pacific Ocean. Disappointed and facing the reality of winter snows they "cast lots" at a point near Cedar City, Utah, on October 11, 1776, and elected to return to Santa Fe by a southern route. Their encampment here at "San Daniel" represents the first recorded entry of non-native people into Washing County, Utah. The Fathers arrived back at the Santa Fe Mission on January 2, 1777, having traveled over 1800 miles and recording one of the greatest explorations in American history. Their observations and maps were instrumental in the opening of the American Southwest to further exploration and commercial use of the National Historic Old Spanish Trail.
HM NumberHM14E8
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Utah Pioneers series
Marker Number159
Placed BySons of Utah Pioneers and Washington County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 299694 N 4137264
Decimal Degrees37.36050000, -113.26180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.63', W 113° 15.708'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 37.80" N, 113° 15' 42.48" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-218 Veterans' Memorial Hwy, New Harmony UT 84757, US
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