Mount Pleasant Travel Guide

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Mount Pleasant Overview

Mount Pleasant is a nice and pretty town of about 3300 (up 22% since 2000) located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 89 and Utah Highway 116 in Sanpete County in Central Utah. Settlers had cut trees in nearby Pleasant Creek Canyon in 1851 and found the area so nice a group of Mormon settlers from Manti led by Madison D. Hambleton set up the Hambleton Settlement in 1852 making it one of the first settlements in the valley. However, the Walkara Indian War caused the colonists to abandon the site for the relative safety of Spring City and later Manti. The settlement was destroyed by the Indians. In 1859, a larger group of settlers from Ephraim and Manti returned to the area and set up the current town site. Founders of the town came from many different places and included converts from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, parts of the eastern United States and other locations. By 1880, the town had a population of over 2000 and 72 percent of the adults were from other countries. Five languages were common in usage in Mount Pleasant making it one of the most diverse communities in the state. Mount Pleasant is one of the largest towns in what is called the Little Denmark part of Utah. An adobe fort was built in town under the direction of James R. Ivie who was later killed by Ute Indians during the Ute Black Hawk War by a band who refused to accept the terms of peace after the Wakara War. The town was incorporated in 1868. The town had changed its name to Mount Pleasant by the time a peace treaty was signed in 1872. A newspaper was started in 1890 and phone service in 1891. In 1890, the Rio Grande Western Railroad arrived giving the town a big boost in population and prosperity. This inflow of money allowed the town to build many of the impressive stone and brick structures you see in Mount Pleasant today. Buildings like the Liberal Hall and the Wasatch Academy are among the most historically and architecturally important buildings in the county. Wasatch Academy was established by Presbyterians and is the oldest surviving boarding school in Utah. Today the economy is supported by agriculture, livestock, and light industry. The town has a variety of historical buildings and boasts two fine museums. There are two historic districts and 12 individual locations in Mount Pleasant listed on the National Register of Historic Places.