Utah's Tomb of the Unknowns : Discovering a Lost Cemetery
In 1986, Utah's first cemetery was discovered on Salt Lake City Block 49, immediately east of Pioneer Park. Archaeologists found remains of 33 individuals, nine adults and 24 children. Forensic anthropologists identified some of the dead. The first company of pioneers built a multi-purpose fort on what is now Pioneer Park. Block 49 served as their burial ground. Remains of native Americans were returned to the Paiute tribe; the rest were reinterred at This Is The Place Heritage Park. President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the graves.