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Property Name Hill, Joseph and Ann, Cabin
Reference Number 15000130
State Utah
County Davis
Town Layton
Street Address 2133 West 1000 South
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/4/2015
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The Hill, Joseph and Ann, Cabin in Layton, Utah, is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Exploration/Settlement. The log cabin built by the Hill family is a rare extant example from the early settlement of the area formerly known as West Layton. The Cabin is significant within the area of Exploration/Settlement for three reasons: 1) the building is a rare extant example of log cabin construction of the settlement-era residents of Utah; 2) the settlement-era cabin is the only example in the west Layton area that has not been moved from its original location; 3) its original location on the Bluff Road is associated with the westward movement of gold seekers during the settlement era. The exact date of construction is unknown. In local histories, the construction of the cabin has been attributed to either Joseph Hill Sr. upon his arrival in 1851 or his son, Joseph Hill Jr., prior to his marriage in 1858. Both families are considered important early settlers of the Big Field area of West Layton. The Hill cabin was never moved from the family farmstead along the Bluff Road. Bluff Road was the preferred route for California-bound gold seekers leaving Salt Lake City to travel around the north end of the Great Salt Lake. The Hill family raised cattle on the flats below the bluff and sold beef and other commodities to the travelers. The family also represents the small minority of Mormon settlers who were lured to California by the promise of gold and silver. Joseph Hill Sr.'s extended family left Layton in 1860 and returned in 1862 after an unsuccessful and tragic journey, which resulted in the death of his wife, Ann Edith Marston Hill. After their return, Joseph Hill Jr. built a red brick house for his wife, Ellen Sheen Hill, and family. During that time Joseph Sr. lived in the cabin behind the brick house. The period of significance spans 1851 to Joseph Hill Sr.'s death in 1889. The Hill Cabin is the only extant log cabin in Utah that is linked to the Bluff Road and it is the only known cabin in Layton to have continued a residential use into the twentieth century. Despite modifications that occurred during a circa 1990 rehabilitation, the building retains many of the characteristics during a century of productive domestic use. The Hill, Joseph and Ann, Cabin is a contributing resource in its West Layton neighborhood.

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