Top left: Henniger barn
Top right: Andy Chambers residence
Bottom: Mormon Row homestead

The Mormon Row Historic District is a remnant of the once thriving community officially known as Grovont, but called Mormon Row due to the residents’ predominant religion. While only five homesteads remain visible, in the 1920s one hundred residents lived centered around the Latter Day Saints Church and community school house on the old Jackson-Moran road. Attracted to the rich soils along Ditch Creek and the free land offered under the Homestead Act of 1862, homesteaders worked hard to successfully secure title to their chosen lands. The communal sharing of labor and tools helped them survive the harsh conditions of this high mountain valley. With only 60 frost-free days in most growing seasons, another element in their success was the quick-growing 90-day oats brought by James May, the first settler on the row in 1896. Community irrigation ditches, fields painstakingly cleared of sage brush, stacked log buildings, deep wells, and protective windrows attest to the perseverance of these hardy pioneers. Mormon Row is a place where park visitors can get a glimpse of the valley’s rich homesteading heritage.