FOUR PERSONS MASSACRED IN
SALT CREEK CANYON
During the Black Hawk War, on June 4th 1856. Jens Jorgensen and wife, Jens Terklesen and Christian E. Kjerluf were massacred by
Indians in Salt Creek Canyon while
traveling unarmed on their way to Sanpete Valley.
They had camped at the head waters in the canyon.
After traveling about a mile after dinner, and having
reached a point about a mile and a half from the
head of the canyon, some Indians came from their
hiding place and attacked them; two of the men
were killed in the wagon, and burned with it. One
man was killed about fifty yards from the wagon,
and the woman was found dead close by the wagon,
making four killed. John Ericksen, the only one
who escaped, made his way to Ephraim where he arrived about dark. An ox hitched onto a hand-cart,
and driven by one of the men, got frightened, and
ran back to Nephi.
The bodies were brought to Ephraim for burial.
These people were on their way to Ephraim where
they intended to settle.
Source: Peter Gottfredson Indian Depredations in Utah (Most of this information was obtained from
N. 0. Anderson of Glenwood Utah.)