These pioneers wanted an isolated place after the violence they had experienced, so the Great Salt Lake Valley seemed ideal. They immediately planted potatoes and turnips, built a dam, and had a solemn ceremony to dedicate the area as their "Promised Land." Then they sent word back to their fellow members describing the two-square-mile city they had settled. By the end of 1847, nearly 2,000 Mormons had moved to the Great Salt Lake Valley. The day they arrived in Utah is still celebrated today.