On June 6, 2015, Tooele County Company Daughters of Utah Pioneers will hold their annual Jubilee in conjunction with Tooele Valley Company DUP and their Jubilee.
The two companies will hold twin celebrations commemorating the Daughters of Utah Pioneers’ rededication of two monuments that have been desecrated by vandals through the theft of the bronze markers from each monument. Tooele County Company DUP’s monument is located at Settlers Park in Tooele, and Tooele Valley Company DUP’s monument is located at Black Rock Resort, north of Tooele. The monuments’ placement in the two specific areas depicts significant pioneer activity in the two locations.
Settlers Park was so named when pioneers drove their teams pulling wagons into the area and camped, declaring upon their arrival that here they would stay, build cabins, prepare crops and put down roots to last a lifetime and beyond. Three days after their arrival, on July 27, 1847, exploring parties discovered the beach of the Great Salt Lake nearby, where they bathed and established the Black Rock Resort as a site for recreation. In 1851, the first recorded 4th of July celebration was held at Black Rock Resort by the settlers, complete with a homemade flag unfurled, speeches, picnic and fun in the water.
New plaques will be placed on the monuments, made from a special alloy metal of little use to thieves.
Monument No. 1 at Settlers Park will be unveiled with rededication beginning at 11 a.m. with a talk by Lynne Bevan, President of Tooele County Company DUP, with Katherine T. Brimhall, ISDUP Marker Chairman, presiding. Maurine Smith, President of ISDUP will be in attendance. A dedicatory prayer will be given by Richard Droubay, president of the Tooele South Stake. Refreshments will be served. The Tooele County Company DUP museum will be open from 12:30-4 p.m. that afternoon.
The marker for Black Rock Resort will be rededicated at 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Point LDS church that afternoon. Included in the rededication will be a brief DUP Jubilee remembrance celebrating the birthday of Brigham Young, with a special surprise visitor in attendance. According to Myrna Dalton, Tooele Valley Company president, this is an important accomplishment for her company. The original marker was dedicated in 1949, recognizing a significant historical event. Now, 66 years later, replacement of the marker helps others remember and understand the time-honored history of this area. The museum for Tooele Valley DUP is in Grantsville, at the Clark Farm, and will be open all day.