Statue to be dedicated at Bluff Fort on Oct. 24
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A life-sized statue of Mormon Church President John Taylor will be dedicated at the Bluff Historical Fort on Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m.

L. Tom Perry, a member of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside at the service, which will also include Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

The statue is the latest in an impressive string of improvements at the fort, which sits at the center of Bluff. In addition to the new monument and statues, ten Pioneer-era log homes have been replicated at the site, donated with funds and labor by the descendants of early Bluff settlers.

The statue is the gift of Beverley Sorenson and the Sorenson family, who are descendants of John Taylor. Taylor was the LDS President who extended the call to church members in the late 1870s to leave homes in southwest Utah and settle the wild San Juan frontier.

After blazing a trail through rugged terrain, the settlers arrived in Bluff on April 6, 1880.

In addition to the new buildings and memorials that have been rebuilt at the site, a small visitors center, a replica of the first log schoolhouse/church, and the historic Barton cabin are on the property. Visitors are able to view a 10-minute DVD of the Hole in the Rock expedition, visit the buildings, see old photographs and memorabilia, and purchase publications and maps.

A large number of people are involved in the Bluff project, led by Craig Taylor, Grant Taylor, Lamar Helquist, Carl McKay, LaRue and Karl Barton and Corinne Roring.
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