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F.O.E. Ten Commandment Monuments in Utah (9)


Brigham City, Utah
Brigham City, Utah
Brigham City, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Box Elder Aerie No. 2919
Screenshot: Google Maps street view June 2013 (monument is to the left of the flag pole)

Donated by FOE: 1965

Location: Box Elder Aerie No. 2919, 912 N. Main St. (On private property.)

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Notes: Removed from public property under pressure from the ACLU.





Draper, Utah
Draper, Utah
Draper, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Photo: Sue A. Hoffman (August 2012)
In Search of God and the Ten Commandments, p. 268

Donated by FOE: 1967

Current Location: The top portion of the monument is leaning against a tree in the town of Draper. (On private property.)

Original Location: Murray Park Arboretum, Murray Utah. The monument had been knocked over and vandalized several times.

Scroll: “Presented To The City / Of Murray Utah / Utah State Aerie / Fraternal Order of Eagles / 1967”

Story: In 2002, Aerie No. 1760 requested that the monument be returned to them. The monument was removed from the park in the mid-2000s. What happened next is a mystery.

Litigation: The Society of Separationists threatened the city of Murray with a lawsuit.





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Duchesne City, Utah

Not a F.O.E. donated monument — see “Look-A-Like Monuments”





Murray, Utah

SEE DRAPER, UTAH



Ogden, Utah
Ogden, Utah
Ogden, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Ogden Aerie No. 2472
Photo by Ogden Aerie No. 2472 is available on the aerie’s Facebook page

Donated by FOE: 1966

Current Location: Ogden Aerie No. 2472, 975 Wall Ave.

Original Location: Ogden Municipal Garden (which is located on the grounds north of the Ogden City Municipal Building). The monument was jointly owned by Ogden City and Weber County for a period of time until Ogden City became the sole owner. (A least six other monuments are located in the Ogden Municipal Gardens commemorating historical, secular and cultural figures and events associated with the area.)

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Litigation: Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit in 1998 under the Establishment Clause. Summum and R. I.L. Zefferer sued in 1999 and 2002 on free speech grounds – that the city denied their request to place a monument of their aphorisms. The District Court denied both suits. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed, ruling that the city cannot display a Ten Commandments monument unless it displays Summum’s monument. The city decided to remove the Ten Commandments monument and returned it to Eagle Aerie 2472.



Pleasant Grove City, Utah
Pleasant Grove City, Utah
Pioneer Park
Google Maps street view July 2015
Pleasant Grove City, Utah
Pleasant Grove City, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Pioneer Park

Donated by FOE: 1971

Location: Pioneer Park (across the street from the Pleasant Grove City Fire Department at 92 E. 100 S. Street)..

Scroll: “Presented To The City / Of Pleasant Gove And / Utah County, Utah By / Utah State Aerie / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1971”


Litigation: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, 555 U.S. 460 (2009). The FOE donated monument was not the subject of the litigation, but used by Summum to justify the placement of a monument of its aphorisms in Pioneer Park. The case established the legal principle that donated monuments are the property of the donee (i.e., the city) and a municipality’s acceptance and acquisition of a privately funded permanent monument erected in a public park while refusing to accept other privately funded permanent memorials is a valid expression of “governmental speech.”

Notes: I was counsel of record of an amicus brief filed on behalf of the American Humanist Association and other nonprofits in support of the foregoing principle with the caveat that government may not prefer one religion over another, or religion over nonreligion. It was obvious to everyone except perhaps Justice Alito, who wrote the majority opinion, that Pleasant Grove City was violating the Establishment Clause by preferring Christianity over Summum’s beliefs – but that was not the issue before the Court.



Provo, Utah
Provo, Utah
A walkway on the right side of the Provo City Center Temple
Provo, Utah
Provo, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Photo by Matt Beaty available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mooncowboy/2049683318/

Donated by FOE: 1963

Current Location: Right side of the Provo City Center Temple, 50 S. University Ave. (US Hwy. 189) near intersection with W. Center St.

Previous Location: The monument was moved from Memorial Park to the northeast corner of Center Street and University Avenue on Tabernacle Park land owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Original Location: Provo Memorial Park, 800 E. Center St.

Scroll: “Presented To / Provo City & Utah County / By / Utah State Aerie / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1963”


Roy, Utah
Roy, Utah
Roy Aerie No. 3355
Screenshot: Google Maps street view June 2016
Roy, Utah
Roy, Utah Ten Commandments Monument

Donated by FOE: 1972

Current Location: Roy Aerie No. 3355, 5130 S. 1700 W. (On private property.)

Prior Location: The monument was relocated to Roy Historical Museum. The museum closed in May 2012 due to the lack of funding from the city. The monument was then moved to Roy Aerie No. 3355.

Original Location: Roy City Hall and Fire Station.

Scroll: “Presented To / The City Of Roy / By / Utah State Aerie / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1972”

Litigation: The Society of Separationists threatened a lawsuit in 2002 and the monument was moved from City Hall to the Roy Historical Museum in 2002.



Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Aerie No. 67
Screenshot: Google Maps street view August 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah Ten Commandments Monument
Photo by Steven A. Ritter

Donated by FOE: July 1970

Current Location: The monument was installed at Salt Lake Aerie No. 67, 1104 W. 2100 S., in October 2008.

Original Location: Courthouse grounds close to the front entrance Metropolitan Hall of Justice. The building was demolished in 2001. The monument was removed in 1998 and put in a shed.

Scroll: “Presented To / Salt Lake City Utah / And Salt Lake County By / The Utah State Aerie / Fraternal Order Of Eagles / 1970 ”

Litigation: Lawsuit filed in late 1970. On appeal in Anderson v. Salt Lake City Corp., 475 F.2d 29 (10th Cir. (Utah), 1973), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the district court and holded that Salt Lake City’s display of the Ten Commandments monument did not violate the First Amendment because the monolith “is primarily secular, and not religious in character; that neither its purpose or effect tends to establish religious belief.” Unbelievable! On what planet are were those judges from in saying that the Ten Commandments are “primarily secular“?



Tooele, Utah
Tooele, Utah
Tooele, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Tate Mortuary
Screenshot: Google Maps street view August 2012

Donated by FOE: 1964

Current Location: Tate Mortuary, 110 South Main St. The monument is located at the corner of S. Main St. & W. 1st S.

Original Location: (Old) Tooele City Hall on Main St.

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Notes: In 2002, the city decided to move the monument to a private location after being threatened by a lawsuit by the Society of Separationists.



West Valley City, Utah
West Valley City, Utah
West Valley City, UT Ten Commandments Monument
Granger Aerie No. 3285
Screenshot: Google Maps street view July 2014

Donated by FOE: 1977

Location: Granger Aerie No. 3285, 4565 West 3500 South. (Always on private property.)

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