Aug. 2018 History Question of the Month

Aug. 2018 History Question of the Month
Posted on 08/07/2018

What Butlerville resident owned a brewery and hotel in Butlerville along with “Mill A” in Big Cottonwood Canyon? 

ANSWER:

Philander Butler was born in Randolph County, Indiana, March 18, 1841.  He came to Utah with his father, brothers and sister in 1857 and they settled in South Cottonwood. Butler later moved to an area at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon in 1869 and was granted a license to sell liquor in 1871. Butler soon built an establishment for those working in the canyons to stop and rest and get something to eat and drink. A local newspaper referred to this place as the “Butler Hotel.” Butler also built a brewery on the property. Sometime around 1874, Butler purchased “Mill A” in Big Cottonwood Canyon but had only run it for about one year when on the morning of March 18, 1875, a gigantic avalanche crushed the mill and surrounding buildings. Seven people staying nearby were rescued, but the mill was completely destroyed and never rebuilt. In 1881, Butler sold the property where his brewery was located to the Deseret News Company for $800. He moved to Oregon where he worked in the lumber business. Butler returned to the Salt Lake City area in 1900 and a year later, he sold 130 acres of land located near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to William W. Sanders for $5,000. Butler lived in Salt Lake City until he died Aug. 10, 1925.