Old Log Church

Old Log Church (HM1SK7)

Location: Monticello, UT 84535 San Juan County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 52.218', W 109° 20.618'

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Center of the Community

This log church is a replica of the first church in Monticello. The original church, built in 188 for religious worship, also became the core of community activities. It was a school, a refuge for the homeless, a place to dance, a site for public meetings, and a place to mourn the dead.

In addition, this one-room church served as the heart of history-making events. Its first church meeting found the Waltons, Jones, Adams, Butts, Hydes, Rogers and other pioneer families in attendance. Although they met on a dirt floor the first year, they were proud of their church and the community's progress.

Historical Gathering
As part of the Pioneer Day celebration on July 24, 1891, the church served as a dance hall. Charles Walton played the fiddle and his son, Charles, played the little organ. John Rogers called out the square dance. The merriment suddenly ended as someone rushed in and announced that Tom Roach had stabbed Frank Hyde. A shot was then heard from outside the church building and Bill McCord, a Carlisle cowboy, was found dead. At that point it is reported that Tom Roach held everyone at gun point until Jane Walton stepped forward to reason with him. Another shot was heard and Jane was killed. Tom escaped and was not heard from again.
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HM NumberHM1SK7
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 645685 N 4192717
Decimal Degrees37.87030000, -109.34363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.218', W 109° 20.618'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 13.08" N, 109° 20' 37.08" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 156 S Main St, Monticello UT 84535, US
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