The Road to Bingham
  The first resources that were recognized in Bingham Canyon were its water, timber and grass.  In order that the timber could be transported from Bingham to the Jordan Valley, there was a need for a road, and a group of West Jordan residents petitioned the Salt Lake County Court asking that county funds be expended so that one could be surveyed and constructed.  It was signed by the local Bishop, Archibald Gardner, and his two counselors, William A. Hickman and Joseph Harker.  A number of other local residents signed, some of whom were involved in the first mining claims at Bingham on 17 September 1863.  For us Hickmans, we get to see not just a list of Bill Hickman's neighbors, but also the signatures of William A. Hickman,  his son, William George Hickman, his son-in-law, Samuel Monroe Butcher, and his father-in-law, Emery Mecham.
--University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections,
Ms. 584, Hope Hilton Papers, Box 1 Folder 13.

West Jordan Aug 27th 1862
To the Honorable County Court of Great Salt
Lake County
Gentlemen, We your Petitioners would respect
fully request that your Honorable body would survey
or cause to be surveyed a county road and opened
forthwith, from Jordan Mills leading into Bingham
Also a Countyroad on the west side of Jordan
Commencing at Jordan Mills running South to
the point of the Mountain crossing the river at or near
Mr. Powells residence.       And as in duty bound
your Petitioners will ever pray,
Archibald Gardner|Emery Mecham
Danl R. Allen |   W G Hickman
Royal J Cutler|S M Butcher
Harmon Cutlar |John Field
Alex Bextsted |Samuel Bennion
James Turner  |Elijah Allen
Samuel Bateman|Jacob H Butterfield
Thomas Fowler |Joseph Harker
Richmon Lowder|George M Spencer
Samuel S Chandler|John Flack
John Irving|Robert Pixton
John Bennion  |
Thos Mackay|
Wm A Hickman  |


  In the process of researching the life of James Lavender, Marlene Dimond, a descendant, found a letter from William A. Hickman to Brigham Young about a road petition at the LDS Church Archives from 1864.  It is not yet known whether this concerns the same road.

G.S.L. City  14 Jan 64 
Pres. B. Young -

I Learn from Bro. Aaron Johson this morning that my petition for a chartered road has, or is, about to go overboard.  Bro. Amasy Luman is chairman of committee on Roads.

Please do me a favor in this matter

And oblige your friend,

William H. Hickman

--LDS Church Historical Dept., Archives, CR1234-1, Reel 41, box 29, fd. 21.-- p.2


To see a similar Hickman petition signed in Missouri in 1835, click here.
To explore the Brigham Young Office Files, click here.
To learn about the Hickmans as miners at Bingham Canyon, click here.
To return to the Hickman Family index page, click here.