Brigham Young named the site "Manti" in the summer of 1850, at the request of the
local patriarch Isaac Morley. The name was derived from that section
of the "Book of Mormon" called Alma. Jesse W. Fox surveyed the plat
for the "city" in the same summer, and Manti was incorporated in February
1851. The first mayor was Dan Jones, the so-called "Welsh prophet,"
who was a native of Merthyr Tydvil, Glamorganshire, Wales.
A sizeable contingent
of Danish converts to Mormonism arrived at Manti in 1853, to become
the second largest ethnic group to settle central Utah.
The Walker War in the 1850s is believed to have been `pought about because of Chief
Walker's anger that the Ute trade in Piute children with the Spanish
traders from New Mexico was terminated by the territorial government.
This followed the interception and arrest of a party of Spanish slave
traders at the mouth of Salt Creek by a posse from Manti. A preliminary
hearing was conducted at Manti, but the decision was made in the First
District Court in Salt Lake City.