Historic Benson Grist Mill

Written by on April 13, 2013 in UT History & Heritage - Comments Off on Historic Benson Grist Mill

In 1854, Mormon Leader Brigham Young sent Ezra Taft Benson to the Tooele Valley to construct a grist mill to serve the settlements in the area. The mill was constructed next to a spring-fed pond and created from huge wooden beams, sturdy stone and wooden pegs. For more than 80 years, the mill processed corn and wheat for the settlers in the valley.
Benson Grist Mill
Thanks to Benson’s craftsmanship the mill stands proud today. The restored mill, located just West of Salt Lake City, is recognized as one of the most intact pioneer era industrial buildings in Utah. Several other historic buildings also stand on the site. The Bolinder Blacksmith Shop was relocated to the area from Grantsville. The Forsyth Pioneer Cabin is original to the area and was built by Andrew Barker Forsyth for his bride, Emily Elizabeth Moss, in 1872. Visitors will want be sure to stop by the old country store, which offers a variety of gifts, souvenirs, handmade crafts and unique items for sale.

Throughout the year, Benson Grist Mill hosts a variety of special events including the Harvest Days – Farmers Market & Craft Fair (every Saturday), the Pumpkin Walk, various performing artists, and special events for Christmas. The Bowery Pavilion, which seats 150, can be reserved for large groups and special events like weddings, family reunions, parties, youth group events and church groups.

Historic Benson Grist Mill is open April 30 through October 31, Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other attractions in the area include:
Salt Lake City
Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island State Park

Benson Grist Mill
325 State Road 138
Stansbury Park, UT 84074
Telephone: (435) 882-7678

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