Anders Christensen House

Description:

This one-and-one-half-story, vernacular, adobe house was built in several stages between the 1860s and 1873. First the east portion was built of logs and adobe resting on a stone foundation. The interlocking adobe bricks were mad on site using the dirt excavated for the footings. The single room was open to the rafters until the ceiling was built, creating a bedroom in the attic. The adobe was covered, inside and out, with plaster made from lime and white mud hauled from the ‘bottoms’ near the Sanpitch River. By 1873 the middle portion and the lean-to kitchen were built. In about the 189s, the porch was added.

Anders Christensen was a Danish immigrant who came to Utah with a handcart company as a pioneer. A polygamist, he built two dugout rooms to house his young family while he built a home. He had married his brother’s wife after she became a widow and had no one to provide for her. A back room was added in about 1948, by Bertha Hughes who was a granddaughter of Anders. Bertha lived here and operated a rug weaving loom where she made over 700 rag rugs for many of the local resident. Several people trace their ancestry to this old home and hundreds gather here every July to a family reunion, among them was LDS Church President Howard W. Hunter. A family organization was established several decades ago which plans family activities on a year-round basis.

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210 West 600 South
Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647

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Anders Christensen House