This Is The Place Monument is one of the most important historical monuments in Salt Lake City. Make sure to include a visit to This Is The Place park on your list of fun things to do in Salt Lake City. The monument is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon and was dedicated in 1947 to celebrate the centennial of the Mormon pioneer arrival in Salt Lake City. The monument gets its name from the famous words Brigham Young spoke on July 24, 1847, after gazing upon the valley for the first time, "This is the right place. Drive on."
The granite stone measures 60 feet in height and 80 feet in length. Bronze sculptures depict the Mormon pioneers as well as traders, trappers, explorers, and others who were instrumental in developing the West. At the top, the figures include Mormon church leaders Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Wilford Woodruff. Below them at the base of the column are members of a scouting party who were the first to enter the valley on July 21, 1847; and to either side are nine horsemen who made up the exploring party. On the opposite side of the monument depicted in the photo above, you will find the fascinating and tragic story of the Donner-Reed party, who blazed the route the Mormon pioneers used through the canyon one year later.
To explore This Is The Place Monument and hear more of the fascinating pioneer stories, join us on the Salt Lake City Tour or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tour. Make your reservation online at www.toursofutah.com.