Temple Hill Cemetery (Defunct)

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Temple Hill Cemetery (Defunct)

800 N - 200 East
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
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In 1849, John Sommer Higbee was sent to Provo by Brigham Young to find a suitable place to settle a colony on the Provo River. Two weeks after his report, thirty-one families consisting of about fifty people made the three-day trip to the south side of the Provo River. On April 3rd of the same year, these settlers began a stockade known as Fort Utah; the name was soon changed to Fort Field.

FORT FIELD. The first cemetery Fort Utah (name later changed.) It was located near the corner of Geneva Road and Center Street in the Sowiette Park in Lake View; there is a monument in the park.

Because the land at FORT FIELD was wet and plagued by mosquitoes, the original fort was moved about 2 miles East, closer to what is now center city Provo. The original cemetery was abandoned and bodies relocated to a site on the bluff above the intersection of 800 N and 200 East, now occupied by the Karl G Maeser Memorial building on Brigham Young University - TEMPLE HILL CEMETERY.

TEMPLE HILL CEMETERY was rejected as a cemetery in 1880. Approximately 60 bodies buried here. The bodies were relocated to the Provo City Cemetery.

GRANDVIEW. The third cemetery was GRANDVIEW, located at the junction of three farms at current street address 1144 North Columbia Lane. The site is now a Baptist church. This started out as a family cemetery. Soon there were many interments there. The owners objected to the growing cemetery and order all bodies removed to Temple Hill or the new Provo City Cemetery. All but two of the bodies were relocated, eventually resting in Provo City Cemetery. There are no names or grave stones for the two children who remain. There is monument on the street in front of the church.

1853 the Provo City Cemetery was dedicated and bodies from the above cemeteries and may private plots in the area were moved to the newer city cemetery. Block 5, Lot 62 of the Provo City Cemetery was reserved for bodies removed from the other cemeteries and private isolated plots. Some headstones are present in Block 5, but most are unmarked graves.

GPS Coordinates: 40.24528, -111.65361

  • Added: 2 Feb 2011
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