The Scipio Round Valley Camp Museum

The Scipio Round Valley Camp Museum

The Scipio Round Valley Camp Museum was one of hundreds of public works buildings that was built during FDR’s administration in the 1930s.

The Museum has a plaque pertaining to the founding of Scipio by thirteen families of Mormon settlers in 1863.

The families had lived in Round Valley before settling Scipio, but Brigham Young had encouraged the family to live in the valley, instead of in the mountains, so it would be easier to fend off Indian attacks.

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.

The Great Basin Historical Society and Museum

The Great Basin Historical Society and Museum

The Great Basin Musuem is located in Delta, Utah and contains an extensive collection of artifacts from central Utah and information on the old west, including ghost towns that emerged from that time.

The musuem features, Chief Wakara who lead a band of Ute Indians and was responsible for the Waker War Of 1853.

Clear Lake, Utah is a ghost town that was created in 1880 when that area became a railroad station for the west desert. The town had a ranch, store, hotel and a post office and was abandoned in the 1937 after the ranch went bankrupt.

The musuem also features G.K. Gilbert who drew the historic map of Lake Bonneville after riding around the lands on horseback. G.K. Gilbert was the first person to propose that the ancient Pleistocene Lake once existed in western Utah.

There were various creatures, which pre-dated the dinosaurs, that existed in western Utah, such as the underwater predator species the Anomalocaris. The Anomalocaris existed in the Middle Cambrian Period about 540 million years ago and has been found by archeologists in the Millard County Wheeler Shale.

The town of Burtner underwent multiple name changes, and was eventually renamed to present day Delta.

The Black Hawk War, The Miss Mary’s Historical Museum

The Miss Mary’s History Museum

The Salina, Utah History Musuem, also known as the Miss Mary’s Historical Musuem, is inside of a former Presbyterian Church that was built in 1884.

The Miss Mary Museum is named after a bible school teacher Mary McCallum.

The facility has information on the first settlers of Salina, Utah.

Eder Orson Hyde sent individuals into Salina in October 1863, to see if the land within that area could be settled. It was deemed that thirty families could live off of the land, so settlers arrived by wagon. The first church built in the town also served as a fort to protect against Indian attacks.

The first homes were established mostly by Mormons whom were following Brigham Young.

The Black Hawk War occurred in 1864, a year after Salina was settled by caucasians.

Camp Salina, Private Clarence Vincent Bertucci, Salina, Utah

The German P.O.W. Camp in Salina, Utah Were The “Midnight Massacre” Occurred

Camp Salina, U.S. Army designation Camp F-32 CO-479, was a facility established in Utah for German prisoners of war during World War II.

The original guard tower and other structures remain in tack due to their more resilient architecture, unlike the Japanese American facilities in Topaz, Utah that were of a lessor build.

On the midnight of July 8, 1945, which was two months after Nazi Germany’s formal surrender, the worst P.O.W. Camp massacre during WWII occurred when Private Clarence Vincent Bertucci climbed to the guard tower and fired hundreds of .30 caliber rounds from a M1917 Browning Machine Gun into the tents that 250 Germans were sleeping in in Salina. Nine German P.O.W.s were killed from the machine gun fire while nineteen others were injured from the “Midnight Massacre”.

After the incident, Private Clarence Vincent Bertucci was one of three soldiers to be convicted of killing P.O.W.s during wartime and spent time at a mental institution in New York. The former Private was buried in New Orleans in 1969.

In present day the camp serves as a military history musuem, with vehicles from World War II and information on aspects of day to day life; such as how the U.S. Army encouraged local farmers to not speak with German prisoners of war.

Author’s Note:

The Utah publication Deseret News has more information on the “Midnight Massacre”.