The San Juan Mission

The San Juan Mission (HM1SHV)

Location: Bluff, UT 84512 San Juan County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 17.223', W 109° 32.832'

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Bluff was the first settlement of the white man in San Juan County and its first county seat. It was founded April 6, 1880 by the San Juan Mission "called" by the L.D.S. Church to establish friendly relations with the Indians. A small band of mission scouts found good farm land at this location in 1879 and it was resolved to settle here. Late in October 250 colonists from several southwestern Utah communities began the migration via the Hole-in-the-Rock shortcut across the Colorado River. Contrary to expectations the route proved almost impassable and after nearly six months of the most strenuous effort the exhausted company reached this site. No pioneering band ever overcame greater difficulties in establishing and maintaining a home. The turbulent river proved uncontrollable and for 40 years hostile Indians and various types of white renegades threatened life and property. In spite of hardships and personal sacrifice the missionaries remained steadfast to the calling until released by the church. The San Juan Mission is an unexcelled example of the highest type of pioneer endeavor.
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Year Placed1958
Placed ByThe National Society, Sons of Utah Pioneers
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 628780 N 4127705
Decimal Degrees37.28705000, -109.54720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 17.223', W 109° 32.832'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 17' 13.38" N, 109° 32' 49.92" W
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Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 644-917 Navajo Twins Dr, Bluff UT 84512, US
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