History of Fountain Green

monumentThe Fountain Green Massacre is one of the more frequently cited examples of violence between Utes and Mormon colonists surrounding the so-called Walker War. There is a Daughters of the Utah Pioneers monument memorializing the Fountain Green Massacre located in City Park in Fountain Green, UT.
In the early hours of the morning of October 1, 1853, Utes of Sanpitch attacked and killed four men: William Reed, James Nelson, William Luke, and Thomas Clark, as they were encamped at Uinta Springs, near the head of Salt Creek Canyon. The men were driving two ox-drawn wagons filled with wheat to Salt Lake City as the advance party of a larger group headed by local Manti Mormon leader Isaac Morley. William Luke, an immigrant from Manchester, England, was anxious to go see his three sons, who had recently arrived from England, and may have encouraged the group to hasten its journey. The four men camped at Uinta Springs against Morley’s instructions, which had been for the group of men to make camp on the San Pitch River and await the arrival of the main group.

When Morley’s group arrived at the camp, they found William Reed stripped, scalped, and disemboweled a short distance from the wagons. Luke and Clark’s throats were cut, and they were also disemboweled. The Morley party emptied the wagons of their grain and the loaded the bodies for transport to Nephi, Utah. As the party readied to move on, numerous Utes appeared on the hillside. Morley, angry over the disobedience to his orders, denied the men burial in the town cemetery. Their remains remain lost to this day, in spite of several attempts to locate them.

distSoon after the massacre, eight Utes were murdered in Nephi, in an act of revenge. According to a prominent local woman: This barbarous circumstance actuated our brethren, counseled by Father Morley of San Pete…and President Call of Filmore, to do quite as barbarous an act the following morning, being the Sabbath. Nine Indians coming into our Camp looking for protection and bread with us, because we promised it to them and without knowing they did the first evil act in that affair or any other, were shot down without one minute’s notice. I felt satisfied in my own mind that if Mr. Heywood had been here they would not have been dealt with so unhumanly. It cast considerable gloom over my mind.
—Martha Spence Heywood, Journal The remains of the slain Utes were recently discovered in a place called Old Hallow in Nephi.

A little less than five years later, four Danish immigrants–Jens Jorgensen, his wife Hedevig Jorgensen, Jens Terklesen, and Christian I. Kjerluf–were slain by natives in Salt Creek Canyon, while they were en route to settle with other Scandinavian immigrants in the Sanpete Valley. This tragedy, known as the Salt Creek Canyon Massacre, was marked by the brutality with which Jorgensen’s wife and unborn child were butchered with a tomahawk.

May 2016 Public Hearing Minutes

May 26, 2016 – Public Hearing The Fountain Green City Council held a Public Hearing on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fountain Green City Hall, 260 W 100 N. Present: Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Council: Scott Collard, Jerime Ivory, Dean Peckham and Holly Oldroyd.  Excusing Jeff Walker AGENDA: Citizen input regarding […]

May 2016 Work Meeting Minutes

May 26, 2016 – Work Meeting Fountain Green City Council held a work meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Fountain Green City Hall, 260 W 100 N. Present: Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Council: Scott Collard, Holly Oldroyd and Jerime Ivory.  Excusing Dean Peckham and Jeff Walker AGENDA: Discuss opening and […]

May 2016 City Council Minutes

May 26, 2016 The regular meeting of the Fountain Green City Council was held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in the Fountain Green City Hall, 260 W 100 N, Fountain Green, UT. Council present: Scott R. Collard, Jerime Ivory, Dean Peckham and Holly Oldroyd.  Excusing Jeff Walker Presiding: Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Prayer: Jerime Ivory […]

2016 June Agenda

Fountain Green City Agenda Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Council: Jeff Walker, Holly Oldroyd, Jerime Ivory, Scott R. Collard, Dean Peckham   The Fountain Green City Council will hold its Regular Council Meeting, Thursday, June 23, 2016 Fountain Green City Hall, 260 West 100 North Fountain Green, Utah The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. […]

Public Hearing May 26, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE FOUNTAIN GREEN CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 AT 6:30 P.M., IN THE FOUNTAIN GREEN CITY HALL, 260 W 100 N. TO SEEK PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING:   OPEN AND AMEND 2016  FISCAL YEAR BUDGET. PROPOSED 2017 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET   DATED THIS_____OF______________,2016 Michelle Walker- City Recorder

2016 May City Council Agenda

Fountain Green City Agenda Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Council: Jeff Walker, Holly Oldroyd, Jerime Ivory, Scott R. Collard, Dean Peckham   The Fountain Green City Council will hold its Regular Council Meeting, Thursday, May 26, 2016 Fountain Green City Hall, 260 West 100 North Fountain Green, Utah The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. […]

2016 April City Council Minutes

April 28, 2016 The regular meeting of the Fountain Green City Council was held on April 28, 2016 in the Fountain Green City Hall, 260 W 100 N, Fountain Green, UT. Council in attendance: Scott R. Collard, Jerime Ivory, Jeff Walker, Dean Peckham and Holly Oldroyd. Presiding: Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Pledge Prayer: Dean Peckham […]

2016 April City Council Agenda

Fountain Green City Agenda Mayor Ronald L. Ivory Council: Jeff Walker, Holly Oldroyd, Jerime Ivory, Scott R. Collard, Dean Peckham   The Fountain Green City Council will hold its Regular Council Meeting, Thursday, April 28, 2016 Fountain Green City Hall, 260 West 100 North Fountain Green, Utah The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. […]