Markers and Monuments Database

John Henry Weber

1779 JOHN HENRY WEBER 1859 Weber River and Weber County bear the name of John Henry Weber who was born in Denmark in 1779 and came to America about 1807. Weber was hired by the U.S. army ordnance (sic) department to keep the records at the government owned lead mines at Ste Genevieve, Missouri where he met William Henry Ashley and Andrew Henry who in 1822 organized the first party of American trappers to go to the Rocky Mountains to hunt for beaver. Weber went with them. In 1823 they sent a party of trappers up the Yellowstone river with Weber at its head. This became the first party of American trappers to cross the continental divide. By a circuitous route Weber led his party into the great basin and in the fall of 1824 his party trapped the river which now bears his name. After trapping for 5 years Weber returned to Ste Genevieve where, because of his earlier excellent performance, he was rehired as recorder within 2 weeks. By 1833 Weber was assistant superintendent of the government mines in Galena, Illinois. Later he became superintendent for a short time. He retired in 1840 and moved to Bellevue, Iowa where he died in 1859. The name Weber County was made official on January 26, 1851 by the Utah Territorial Legislature. These is in Bellevue, Iowa each summer a mountain men rendezvous, called John Henry Weber Rendezvous. William W. Terry Historian

Site Information
Location: 2549 Washington Blvd.
WEBER County

In front of courthouse

Marker Information
Placed By: Sons of Utah Pioneers
Materials: Permaloy
Organization Comments: Ogden City & Weber County Organizations
Marker Condition: Good
Condition Comments: Some water damage

Monument Information
Constructed By: Sons of Utah Pioneers
Organization Comments: Ogden Pioneer Chapter SUP, Weber Co., Ogden City, etc.
Materials: Granite monolith
Dimensions (base): 3'W 6'9"H 15"D
Condition: Excellent

Additional Information
Surveyor's Name: Donna Vest
Surveyor's Organization: DUP Weber County
Date Surveyed: 1994-10-25