Map: Milo’s Big Cottonwood Property

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4690 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay, Utah


After moving to Utah in 1850, Milo settled in the Big Cottonwood area, 12 miles south of Salt Lake City. He lived here off and on between missions and other assignments from 1850-1870.  Around 1858 we know he was serving as the LDS bishop of the Big Cottonwood ward.  This area is now part of Holladay, Utah.


Currently the Holladay Pharmacy is on this property.  Outside the pharmacy is a plaque telling about Milo and his wife, Ann Brooks, and about what Holladay was like when they lived there.

Close By

Four blocks south on Holladay Boulevard is Milo Way, presumably named after Milo. There is an LDS chapel on Milo Way and Andrus Family reunions have been held here in the past.

Milo is buried a few miles south of here in the Holladay Memorial Park cemetary (4900 Memory Ln, Holladay, UT — just east of the former Cottonwood Mall).


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Looking south from the Holladay Pharmacy.


Looking east to Mt. Olympus. (This may have been the view out Milo’s front door.)


Plaque erected by Holladay City about Milo and Ann Brooks in front of the Holladay Pharmacy.


A close-up on the plaque.



2 Responses to “Map: Milo’s Big Cottonwood Property”

  1. Merlaine Waldron on January 26th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Milo Way is named after his son Milo Jr.

  2. Laura Anderson on March 2nd, 2007 1:37 pm

    I am saddened to see that someone has spent the money to put up this beautiful plaque with the story of the piano which never happened. Ann Brooks was a perpetual immigration passenger on the John Hindley Company. He was a freighter/company comander who took the St Louis Saints west that year. There is a journal entry about a Milo Andrus wagon that “iron bound” a day or two out on this companies trip he must have paid to have the piano and the thrashing machine freighted to Utah. Ann Brooks is listed as a PEF passanger in the Hindley company.
    The piano story says that when they finally got to the Missouri River they off-loaded the piano for the last time and Ann sat on top of it until someone noticed Ann sitting on the piano across the river and Milo went back for her. If you have ever been to this river it would put this part of the story in question. It is too far to see, and too deep to cross.
    The piano had to come up the Missouri river on a pattle wheel to get to Atchison (Mormon Grove), the place the migration started that year. Milo may have been upset with her for bringing the piano to this point and after the train started the “4 mile pull to Mormon Grove” she was seen sitting there. The story is probably based on that much truth. (I was as shocked as anyone learning that this story was not true.)
    Milo did not know that he would be going west that year. He was given a release as St Louis Stake President and 13 hours to get ready to take a company west. This was decided by Erastus Snow when not enough experienced men were found for the company. She and her mother would not have waited for him and come in his company. Milo did know Ann and Elizabeth as they were in the Argo together and their brother James Simkins Brooks was married to Lydia Webster Milo’s sister-in-law. I do agree that the orriginal story is more romantic but this is what actualy occured.
    (The only wife that did happen to be on Milo’s company was Jane Munday Brown with Amelia Brown this information is according to the “crossing the plains index” being put out by the LDS Church.)

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