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Discovery of Zion Canyon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
N 37° 11.344 W 112° 59.891
12S E 322641 N 4117716
Quick Description: A Utah historical marker outside Zion National Park telling the history of how Zion canyon was discovered.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 6:02:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM60FC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member hobbycachegirl
Views: 32

Long Description:
In 1858, Nephi Johnson, one of Brigham Young's scouts, with a party of Indian guides arrived at the mouth of the canyon. Due to superstition, the Indians refused to enter the canyon. Nephi Johnson, alone, followed up river to the Narrows, a place "where the sun is seldom seen," returning to the mouth at nightfall. Isaac Buhannin, an early settler, seeing the spires remarked, "surely this is God's first temple and should be called Zion." William Heaps helped to build homes for the early settlers in the canyon.
Marker Name: Discovery of Zion Canyon

Marker Type: Roadside

Addtional Information:
The marker is embedded in a rock cairn a few miles outside the main entrance to Zion National Park in the city of Springdale.

County: Washington

City: Springdale

Group Responsible for Placement: Zion Park Camp

Date Dedicated: Nov. 12, 1938

Marker Number: 42

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