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Due to efforts by the Paul Jencks family and folks such as Ron Yengich determined to honor the dead, the memories of the more than 1,800 people buried in this remote corner of the Salt Lake Valley continue to live.


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Poem: Bingham City Cemetery

We walked up there when I was four,

Through the rocks and the weeds and probably more.

Sometimes all dressed up after church,

Pa took us there past Muhar and Burtch,

And other names put into the stones,

To Mark their final resting homes.

Until, before two old markers of polished rock,

We’d stop and cross ourselves, and cease all talk.

As silently we said our heartfelt prayers,

Over those two bodies lying there.

Placed in the ground 27 years apart,

The loyal husband first, who played his part.

He came across “the shining sea,”

To make a place for his son and me,

And lots of others who bear our name;

He should be in some sort of Hall of Fame;

For immigrants who gave up everything.

That I never knew him still brings a sting,

Into my eyes when I stand there now,

To silently pray and reverently bow;

Over he and his wife, my grandmother there,

The words and the thoughts sail into the air.

Going to the place we hope they’d be,

Once again, paving the way for my Pa and me.

-- Ronald J. Yengich, Memorial Day, 2012

Want to help keep up the cemetery?

Tax-free donations for future cemetery improvements can be made.

Mail a check to:

Attn: Connecting Families Across the Globe Project, c/o Dixie Crowther,

Jordan School District, Cemetery Sexton

7905 Redwood Road, West Jordan, UT 84088

or contact binghamcemeteryinfo@jensgroup.com

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