A few weeks ago Ben P, Catherine P, and I visited the Iosepa (pronounced, I think: ee-oh-SEP-ah, but, in practice usually closer to: yo-SEP-uh) Cemetery, near Dugway, Utah. Below I’m posting some of the pictures from the trip, mostly without commentary.
The cemetery is, according to Google, about 56 miles by car from the Salt Lake International Airport and, driving at highway speeds most of the way, the trip from the airport took a little under an hour. We drove West on I-80 W and then took Exit 77 to turn left / South on UT-196 S. There was an Iosepa trail/road marker on the right.
Google told us to go 16.2 miles on UT-196 S and then turn left on Tc02745, but at 15.1 miles we saw the sign below.
The gate was open so we defied the Google Gods and went in. The back of the sign also had figures.
Maybe a kilometer later we arrived at the cemetery and pavillion. The image below shows the approach with the pavillion visible at the center.
In the image below the cemetery proper is to the left of the photograph (note that the previous photograph was pointed South-ish while this one is from the other side of the complex pointed North-ish).
The sign at the left of the image above reads:
“Iosepa Settlement Cemetery”
“Mormon church converts from Polynesia settled in Skull Vally in 1889-1917, working for the Church-owned Iosepa Agriculture and Stock Company.
“Their settlement, located 1/2 miles to the southwest and named Iosepa (Joseph) after Joseph F. Smith, then president of the Church, flourished until 1917. When a Hawaiian temple was constructed most of the Islanders returned to their homeland.
“Many who succumbed to the hardships of the land are buried in this cemetery.”
There are several other markers with paragraph-length descriptions and commemorations (for example, the two below, which I did not transcribe).
Below is the view from the pavillion looking West toward the cemetery proper.
The image below shows the cemetery from the Southeast corner.
I enjoyed the trip very much.