Salt Creek Monument

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On June 4, 1858, four Danish immigrants were ambushed and killed by Indians in Salt Creek Canyon, a winding canyon east of Nephi, Utah. This event became known as the Salt Creek Canyon Massacre.

In early June, 1858, Danish immigrants Jens Jorgensen1 and his wife, Jens Terklesen, Christian I. Kjerluf, and John Ericksen were journeying unarmed to settle with other Scandinavian immigrants in the Sanpete Valley. On the afternoon of June 4, they came within a mile and a half of the canyon’s opening into the Sanpete Valley when some Indians emerged from hiding places and attacked them.

The group was travelling with an ox team hitched to a wagon and another ox hitched to a handcart.

Two of the men were killed and burned with their wagon. Another was killed after running about 50 yards. The woman, who was pregnant, was killed near the wagon. The brutal methods used to kill her and her unborn baby with a tomahawk2 have received special note from historians.3 John Ericksen, who had been walking some distance ahead of the others, escaped and made it to Ephraim around dark. The attack frightened the ox attached to the handcart, and it fled back to Nephi.2 The victims’ bodies were brought to Ephraim for burial.

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Hwy 132- Salt Creek Canyon
Ft. Green, UT 84632

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