This obelisk is the first permanent "This Is The Place" Monument, erected in 1921, to commemorate the arrival into the Salt Lake Valley of the Mormon pioneers. It is near the actual location where Brigham Young halted his wagon on July 24, 1847 and declared, "This is the right place. Drive on." The monument was refurbished and rededicated in 2007 under the direction of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.
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The spot from which Brigham Young looked over the vast desert and proclaimed it the right place was known in a general way to many thousands of pioneers in the early days. However, it was not until 1915 that a specific location was marked by a crude wooden cross. This humble cross stood for a time, until a permanent monument, designed to withstand the harsh elements, was erected.