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This butte, located on the main emigrant trail route in the valley of Black’s Fork of the Green River, is a soft sandstone formation about 1,000 feet in diameter and rising 75 to 100 feet Church Butteabove the valley floor. Natural elements have sculpted the rock into shapes which the emigrants likened to familiar objects. Emigrants were known to have carved their name into the butte but erosion has erased them.

It is thought that mountain men first named this formation Church Butte. However, Mormons are also said to have held church services at the site. Like many natural formations along the trail, Church Butte had several names during the emigration. John Boardman, an 1843 emigrant, called it "Soloman’s Temple" and described it as "…of the shape of a large temple decorated with all kinds of images…gods and goddesses…animals and creeping things, etc. A magnificent site…."

National Park Service Comprehensive Management Plan
The site is not listed on the National Register. Gas tanks and mineral development have Oregon Trail running parallel  to gas developmentnegatively impacted the historic viewshed; vandalism and litter are also a problem. A plaque placed at the base of the butte in 1930 to honor Mormon pioneers has been dislodged by continuing erosion.


10 miles south of Granger on the Black’s Fork dirt road. Inquire locally for conditions and directions, as well as permission to visit the site.

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