“Pond Town”, as Salem was originally known, was settled primary by Mormons who moved from nearby Payson, Utah, in 1851 in a search of more viable farmland. David Fairbanks and David Crocket, two of the earliest settlers, led the project by…

In 1858, long before the extensive row between the LDS Church and the Masonic fraternity, soldiers from Johnston’s army, which had been dispatched to put down the perceived Mormon uprising in the Great Basin, rallied together to create a small…

John Hyrum Koyle was born in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1864. Like many of the residents of rural Utah County, Koyle and his family maintained a modest farming enterprise and kept livestock. During his life on the farm Koyle claimed to experience visions…