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.
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.
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.