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This Is The Place Heritage Park is home to Old Deseret Village, a living history museum where you can discover what life was like in mid-1800s Utah. It's a living community that has been painstakingly recreated to represent Utah's past. All of its historic buildings are carefully restored or recreated homes, stores, churches and other structures essential to a bustling pioneer community. The village is filled with actual citizens - more than 150 cast members who demonstrate everyday pioneer life by making you a part of it.

Experience history. During your visit you will meet the strong, independent people who built Utah and experience the sights and sounds of their times. You will learn how they lived, worked and played. Whether you watch a blacksmith at work, visit a 19th century barbershop, take a carriage ride, or enjoy a treat at the Huntsman Hotel, an afternoon at Old Deseret Village can be magical. With more than forty historic buildings and exciting daily activities, the park offers a delightful mix of education and entertainment.

Just south of Old Deseret Village is the "This Is The Place Monument." Erected in 1947, this world-famous monument commemorates the location where the Mormon settlers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It marks the end of the 1,300 mile Mormon Pioneer Trail. This Is The Place Heritage Park is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, across the street from Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The Park is accessible from I-15 via the 600 South exit, continuing east on 800 South to the Park; and from I-80 via the Foothill Boulevard exit, continuing north to Sunnyside Avenue, then turning east.

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  • This Is The Place Heritage Park
  • 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. (800 South)
  • Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1453
  • Phone: (801) 582-1847
  • Utah State Parks
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