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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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  • Loved the Farmer's Market they have here. Brought my younger cousins and they had fun with all the animals. Really low key, really relaxing, very lovely spot to just 'be'.  more »
  • We needed to update family pictures and this was a great place to do it. Lots of buildings, trucks, tractors, farm equipment, ponds, trees, etc. I've seen many people picnicking or just hanging out re...  more »
  • My husband and I are mentors for a refugee family most recently from Thailand. Sometimes we sing with them and try to make it educational. For instance, "Old McDonald Had a Farm." Each person gets to ...  more »
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  • This place is always awesome no matter the time of year. There's always lots to do and lots to see. It is fantastic for the kids little or big. The park is awesome lots of shade in the summer. And The Creeks are awesome to dip your feet in and let the little kids play. I've been going here since I was a little kid it is changed a lot over the years but it's only gotten better. It never disappoints. Parking sometimes can be a hassle but that seems to be the case for everything that is good.
  • 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.
  • I normally go for just the hiking on the paths, but you can go through the farm to see the animals, there's a barn with antiquated tractors with two outside that the kids can play on. Also there is a tractor ride which isn't bad at all. There's also a playground next to the parking lot. A mini convenience store and large public restroom are within the farm. There's also a large open barn that is sometimes used for weddings.
  • We need to go back much more often! The staff and grounds are hospitable, the animals are GREAT for the kids, and the walking path is mostly shaded with wild animals just looking on. Beware in a degree of the wild geese, the alpha male is a bit grumpy, but the roosters, chickens, horses, baby animals and atmosphere are worth the FREE visit. The paid tour of the original farm house and the wagon rides are enjoyable. ... last check the tree carvings out front. Well done !
  • 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.

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