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.”To visit Wheeler Historic Farm on your trip to Salt Lake City, use our Salt Lake City tourist route planner.
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My children always have fun at this farm. The numerous animals, extensive grounds and, specifically, the playground make for very happy times. I can’t drive by without my children begging to play or s... read more »
they have great local farmers markets on saturday morning on the weekends, Great local produce and food trucks- Get there early if you want tamales, they sell out with a quickness.
I was staying at the nearby Crystal Inn when I came across this historic farm not far from the inn. It has a 3 mile loop walking trail and it had very pretty grounds.
Wheeler Farm is a family favorite. We spend a lot of time here with our toddler; whether it's walking the many different trails back to the East of the property, taking a stroll through the vegetable gardens, playing on the playground, or looking at the assortment of farm animals and farm equipment. Great place that always seems to have some new hidden gem. We especially like the farmers market here. Where some cities hold their markets in sterile city parking lots, Wheeler Farm's market is held in a grassy field with some tree cover and an awesome view of the east mountains.
This place was lots of fun. Especially for fresh market. So many local veggies and business. I purchased so delicious salsa and got some jewelry for my daughter. She also rode a pony, pet an alpaca and we ate World Dogs until we couldn't anymore!
The people that work/volunteer here are awesome! The animals always look like they are in great condition and are quite happy. Plus, a lot of them are used to having people around. So they don't mind if you pet most of them, as long as they come up to the fence. It's a great weekend activity for a family or a friend or two. Great place to walk around and explore. The barn and the house are pretty cool to see also. And there is a farmer's market during the summer. Quite popular though, so parking can be a hassle sometimes.
Their animals look horrible. Especially their horses. They dont take care of their horses at all. They have cracked hooves, eye infections, no shoes, wounds on their bodies. They have major ribs showing on all their horses. Its absolutely disgusting. All these people think its such a great place. They dont care about the animals they care about the parks and picnic tables and stupid bullshit like that.
The Sunday farmer's market is a more "intimate" affair than the big one down town. It fun, casual community event great for all (couples, friends, families). And the farm is a lovely spot to sort of step out of time.
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