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Pioneer Day in Utah

Posted by Jonnycake White on Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24th is the Utah state holiday, known as Pioneer Day, commemorating the day Brigham Young arrived in Salt Lake Valley with the first company of Mormon pioneers.  This is the Place Heritage Park is located at the approximate site that Brigham Young, sick with what was probably Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, sat up from his bed in a wagon and reportedly said "This is the right place. Drive on."  So that's where I spent most of my Pioneer Day, picking my banjo, singing, and encouraging young folks to grab a tamborine or a rhythm instrument and play along.  It was a good day.

 

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2 comments on “Pioneer Day in Utah”

Brian Welch Says:
Monday, July 27, 2009 @9:54:24 AM

So is pioneer reenacting more popular than civil war reenacting in Utah?  1847 would be a good year for someone like you that likes minstrel banjos!

Jonnycake White Says:
Monday, July 27, 2009 @6:28:13 PM


So is pioneer reenacting more popular than civil war reenacting in Utah?  1847 would be a good year for someone like you that likes minstrel banjos!

 

I'd say both are fairly popular - we have a Civil War re-enactment at the park each year.  I'll have to be sure and go up and play for that.  The park period used to be 1847 - 1869 (the year the continental railroad was completed) but now they've expanded it to 1896, the year Utah was admitted to the Union, so I could even take a classic open back up to play - if I had one. 

 

 

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