Utah DAR Monuments & Markers Series Part V: Peter Skene Ogden Monument

Peter Skene Ogden was a Canadian trapper, fur trader, and explorer of the American West. He entered the Weber Valley of Utah in 1825. The city of Ogden, Utah is named after him.

The Golden Spike Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution with a desire to honor Ogden, erected a monument to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of his arrival in the valley.

The monument was erected in 1924 with a dedication ceremony on June 14, 1926.

Mrs. Florence Root-Day Bristol was the Golden Spike Chapter Regent at the time of the dedication.

The plaque portion of the monument was updated and replaced as part of the Utah State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Regent’s Projects during the 2020-2022 Asay Administration.

The Monument is overseen by the Golden Spike Chapter, Ogden, Utah.

Utah DAR Monuments & Markers Series Part IV: Pony Express Marker

The Salt Lake Tribune Building, 143 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah was formally the site of a home station for Pony Express riders. 
The long two-story structure included a veranda in front and a large livestock yard in the rear. The station was known to be one of the better facilities along the Overland Trail for food and lodging. Horace Greenly and Mark Twain were among the guests. 

In 1924, the plaque was dedicated by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in tribute to the personnel of “That Gallant Enterprise.”
The plaque was designed by Utah artist Mrs. Rhea Taylor Skelton. The plaque was wrought by the Capitol Brass Foundry.
The site of the plaque was selected under the direction of the Spirit of Liberty Chapter Regent Mrs. Glenn R. Bothwell with Mrs. Elizabeth Chrisman and James Peacock.
The Pony Express Marker is overseen by the Pony Express Chapter in Lehi, Utah and the Sego Lily Chapter in Bountiful, Utah.

DAR’s Inauguration Contribution

Hello Friends,

This lovely bronze DAR Eagle Lectern has been used in the four previous Presidential Inauguration luncheons.

It was the official podium used in Memorial Continental Hall and was presented to the 14th DAR Continental Congress in 1905 by the now disbanded Flintlock and Powderhorn Chapter of Rhode Island as a pledge of “loyalty to the organization, and in the interest of purity, patriotism and peace.”

Once again, it was loaned to the Inaugural Committee. Today, we saw it during the presentation of gifts from Congress as COVID-19 precautions prevented the luncheon from occurring.

For more information about the lectern’s history, check out the DAR blog:


With patriotism in our hearts as we “rise and shine for America,”

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

Utah DAR Monuments & Markers Series Part III: Escalante Monument

This monument was dedicated on January 20, 1922 and placed by Spirit of Liberty Chapter in the northeast corner of Spanish Fork City Park to commemorate the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition of 1776 in which members searched for a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Spanish settlement in Monterey, California.

Spanish Priest-explorer, Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante arrived in Utah Valley on September 23, 1776 with his party.

Rededicated August 1, 1975, as part of a bicentennial project with the City of Spanish Fork.  The Monument is overseen by the Wasatch Range Chapter in Provo, Utah.

Utah DAR Monuments & Markers Series Part II: World War I Doughboy Monument

In the 1920s, a World War I Doughboy Monument was sculpted by Gilbert P. Risvold and placed on the balcony of the American Legion Post on 24th Street in downtown Ogden City.

In 1947, the monument was moved to the Ogden City Cemetery. After years of wear and damage from vandals, the Weber County Heritage Foundation took on the project of restoring the monument.

The Golden Spike Chapter, NSDAR of Ogden, Utah sponsored an NSDAR Historic Preservation Grant in 2016 to help with the cost of the restoration. A grant was awarded for $8,450.00.

In 2017, the monument was removed from the cemetery and restored by the Adonis Bronze Company. A new granite faced dais was also completed with “In Flander’s Fields” by John McCae on the front of the base.

On the back, donors’ names are inscribed with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Golden Spike Chapter as the second and third inscriptions. The monument sits in a prominent location in the cemetery on Gold Star Drive.

The graves of Veterans radiate out from the statue. The Doughboy Monument was rededicated on November 11, 2018. The Monument is overseen by the Golden Spike Chapter in Ogden, Utah.

Utah DAR Monuments & Markers Series Part I: DAR Drinking Fountain

The Spirit of Liberty Chapter dedicated the first Utah DAR monument, The DAR Drinking Fountain, in Salt Lake City on November 11, 1905. On behalf of the Spirit of Liberty Chapter,  State Regent Mrs. Lee Charles Miller presented the fountain to the city as a reminder of those who served in the American Revolution, calling attention to the need of having a reminder for the children lest they forget those who aided “with unfailing loyalty” to the cause of Independence.

Present during the dedication was Real Daughter Mrs. Elijah Sells, the first State Regent Mrs. O.J. Salisbury, and State Regent Mrs. Mary Montague Ferry Allen.

The monument was first placed in front of the Packard Public Library located at 15 South State Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. It moved to Washington Square at 451 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah for a time before landing in its current location on the Northeast quadrant of Liberty Park, 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The water fountain outlets are located on two sides of the fountain for patrons. Below one of the fountain outlets, there is a lower drinking fountain for dogs “who may quench their thirst.”

No longer a functioning drinking fountain, the monument currently sits in the center of a flower bed bordered by a rock wall.  The Monument is overseen by the Salt Lake Valley Chapter in Murray, Utah.