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OGDEN SETTLER’S REMAINS WON’T BE MOVED

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Ogden Mayor Glenn Mecham has agreed to drop his proposal to move the remains of Ogden's first settler back to Ogden for a historical monument.

Miles Goodyear asked to be buried in Benecia, Calif., and that's the way it should stay, according to the Benecia Historical Society.But the idea wasn't all for naught, officials in Ogden and California agreed. Benecia learned more of Goodyear and his ties to Ogden, while Ogden learned more of Benecia and Goodyear's resting spot.

Mecham told Benecia Mayor Ernie Ciarrocchi he plans to visit the Goodyear gravesite the next time he travels to the area, north of San Francisco.

And Ciarrocchi wrote to Mecham, "We learned quite a bit about Miles Goodyear and his family. I can assure you that he is in good hands and well-respected here in Benecia."

The Benecia Historical Society had been strongly opposed to moving Goodyear's remains. Goodyear had left a letter saying he wanted to be buried there.

Goodyear, a trapper and trader, settled on the banks of the Weber River in what is now West Ogden in 1845 or 1846, and built Fort Buenaventura. But he sold the settlement to the Mormon Church in 1847 and spent the last two years of his life venturing between Utah, California and other Western states before dying while prospecting for gold in the remote Sierra Nevada Mountains in late 1849.

Andrew Goodyear moved his brother's remains to Benecia the following summer, where the gravesite became the family plot and Andrew's own eventual burial place.

The request to move Goodyear's remains was the subject of news stories in California last month, and Ciarrocchi said a distant relative contacted the city and said the family does not want the gravesite disturbed.

Meanwhile, Ogden still has the Goodyear cabin, purportedly the first bonafide home built in Utah by a white settler, and that monument is slated for preservation this summer.