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Wheeler Historic Farm, Salt Lake City

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The Henry J. Wheeler Farm is one of the few remaining late 19th century farmsteads in the Salt Lake Valley that have not been lost to expanding housing developments of metropolitan Salt Lake City. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places since 1976, it is situated on 75acre in Murray, Utah. The historic complex includes an adobe and brick home and several outbuildings, all constructed in 1898. There are, in addition to the home, a granary, ice house, chicken house, and work shed. A barn, also built in 1898, burned down in 1973. Together, this complex of buildings, along with the fences, trees, stream, ice ponds, roads, constitutes one of the few complete and operating historic farmsteads in the county. It is currently operated as the Wheeler Historic Farm by the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department.The farm was established by Henry J. Wheeler, the third son of English Mormon converts, who came to Utah in 1852. Born February 18, 1866, Henry grew up on his father’s farm in the South Cottonwood (now Murray) area. In 1886, at the age of twenty, he married Sariah Pixton and established his own farm in the vicinity of his father's farm. The present brick home and several outbuildings were constructed in 1898 by Sid Gills and Hans Yorgensen. A Mr. Hayes, employed by the Sugar House Lumber Company, was the carpenter for the interior woodwork. The home, according to the 1902 publication, Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, "...was planned by Mrs. Wheeler and reflects great credit upon her knowledge of architecture, as it is not only homelike and convenient, but one of the prettiest little farm houses to be found in the county.”
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  • Make sure you stop by the office to get food, it's not too expensive, or bring something for the geese. The wagon ride is fun, even when it breaks down.  more »
  • I live in Salt Lake City and it's one of my favorite places to spend time. It's a park, it's a canyon with a running creek in the middle of the city. It's always something to do and see any time of th...  more »
  • We stopped by Wheeler Historic Farm as we read our son could earn a cub scout badge for milking the cow. We were only at the Farm for a couple of hours (which is really all the time you need) but it w...  more »
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  • This place is fantastic - and it's free! Took our 18 month old here on a Saturday morning. He loved walking around looking at all of the animals, the tractors and the old trucks. It was nice and quiet at 9am, but was starting to get busier by 10am. So many people having family photos taken. Looking forward to coming back another time. Great place to visit to get out of the house for an hour or so.
  • Fun place to bring the family and free too. They have lots of free events throughout the year. Kids love to see all the animals and ride the tractor. Halloween is a great time to visit.
  • Wheeler Farm has been a family favorite of ours for years. The kids always love walking around, seeing the animals, feeding ducks, and playing on their awesome playground. It's also an awsome place to go during Halloween time for the children's maze and picking out pumpkins. It's a fun free way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
  • A great place for just about everything. Bring your children to see the many animals and farm stuff. Weddings and receptions are popular here. They also host an annual wood carving exhibit in the early spring.
  • This place is absolutely worth going to! I just wish we lived closer. We made it to the 5:00 cow milking, plan ahead and be in the barn at least 10 minutes early to get a seat, everybody who wants to can milk the cow. Going in the spring allows you to see all the baby animals! Take snacks. Take bread for the ducks. Some money for things like the milking or riding the wagon. There is a huge playground by the farm. Plan on stopping there.