LIBERTY -- A group of longtime Liberty residents is hoping to raise money to memorialize their hometown.
A committee made up of ancestors of early Liberty settlers wants to construct a large monument to be placed at Liberty Park, which is about a mile off of the North Ogden Divide as it heads into Ogden Valley.
Clair Hill, a Liberty resident who serves in the Ogden Valley Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, said the monument will pay tribute to the struggles and hardships encountered by early Liberty settlers, but it will also bring some recognition to the town that is often overlooked in the valley.
"Sometimes Liberty is kind of the neglected place in the valley," Hill said. "Huntsville always gets a lot of attention, and our addresses even say we live in Eden, but Liberty has its own history. We want to recognize that."
Hill said the design of the monument has already been established and is similar to the one at the top of the North Ogden Divide. It will feature veneer stone on the outside surface, which will come from the North Fork of the Ogden River. Capstones at the top of three pedestals on the monument will be made from granite taken from the Wasatch Mountains.
The monument also will feature the Liberty bell, which hung in the Liberty school building from 1915 to 1951. The bell will be placed at the top of the monument and will be the focal point on the center pedestal.
Three plaques featuring raised maps of the early Liberty community and names of early families will be featured on the front of the monument. A time capsule will be placed on the back of the monument, to be opened in 2069.
Hill said local craftsman will be used to construct the basic structure, but the Mark H. Bott Company will provide the granite and the castings, as well as supervise the overall construction.
The monument will cost an estimated $45,000 and will be privately funded. Hill said his group is currently looking for donations.
"We don't want to spend any public money on this, but we will need some help to cover the cost," Hill said.
Hill said the group is accepting checks, which can be sent to Tony Ward at 3184 E. 4100 North, Liberty, and should be made out to Liberty Pioneer Monument Inc.
Those who donate $1,000 or more will have their names engraved on a plaque on the front of the monument. Donors who give $100 or more will have their names placed on a paver in front of the monument. All donors will have their names printed on the dedication program which will be deposited in the time capsule.
Hill said the estimated completion and dedication date for the monument is July 4, 2014.