Father Francisco Dominguez

The Escalante Trail in Western Utah

Father Escalante had camped in Delta, Utah on October 2, 1776 with ten other men whom were led by Father Francisco Dominguez. The men preached Christianity to the Native Americans during the course of their stay and designated the area as “Valle Salado” which is Spanish for Valley of Salt.

Father Escalante Discovers the Utah Valley. Artist: E. Keith Eddington Courtesy of: The U.S. National Par

The explorers also managed to charter a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Monterey, California that would run between parts of western Utah.

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