Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Iceland Monument in Spanish Fork, Utah

In 1938, a lighthouse monument honoring the Icelanders that settled in Utah was built on the east bench in Spanish Fork at 800 East and Canyon Road. Andrew Jensen, a historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the monument on 2 August 1938, as part of the annual Iceland Days celebration.

J. Victor Leifson and Eleanor B. Jarvis were co-chairs for the monument project. Gesli Bearnson donated the land and John K. Johnson designed the monument. The lighthouse reflects the seafaring background of the Icelanders.

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