Think you've seen it all around Temple Square? There are several unique sites and artifacts that LDS general conference attendees can visit between sessions, and they're all within walking distance of the Conference Center.
1. Kimball-Whitney Cemetery and Park
Location: Just east of the Conference Center, midway up the block on the east side of Main Street. Follow the brick path between the Kimball apartments and the Deseret apartments.
Heber C. Kimball, Newell K. Whitney and others of the Kimball family are buried in a quiet cemetery and park that is surprisingly close to the Conference Center.
2. Brigham Young farm original stone wall
Location: Brigham Young Memorial Park, southeast corner of State Street and North Temple. Walk all the way to the east side of the park, past the water wheel and up the steps.
A 9-foot high wall surrounded Brigham Young's farm. A short remnant of it still preserves the original curve of the wall. Look for this curve in the model of 1870s Salt Lake City in the Museum of Church History and Art.
3. Heber J. Grant home
Location: 174 E. South Temple, on the south side of the street, just east of Mr. Mac.
This home was built around 1904 by President Heber J. Grant's wife, Augusta, while he was on a mission in Europe. President Grant lived there until about the time he became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The home is not open for tours, and is the office of attorney E. Craig Smay, who is restoring the building. Notice the original sandstone sidewalk in front of the home.
4. Meridian Marker
Location: Temple Square, outside the southeast corner.
A sandstone obelisk is the Salt Lake Base and Meridian Marker. The current marker is a replica of the original (now in the Museum of Church History and Art) and serves as the legal center of Salt Lake City. All addresses in the valley are stated in relation to this marker.
5. Cedar of Lebanon
Location: Temple Square, just to the north inside the East Gate.
This majestic tree was only one foot high when it was brought from Israel in 1949.
6. Imprinted Leaf
Location: Temple Square, southwest corner of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Have a contest with your children to see who can find the solitary leaf imprinted in the concrete.
7. Water arch
Location: Temple Square, outside the West Gate to the north in the wall.
Water diverted from City Creek used to flow through an arch in the wall. This arch is just south of where the original was located.
8. The "Mormon Creed"
Location: Museum of Church History and Art, first floor, "A Covenant Restored" main exhibit, near the exhibit exit, on the west end, hidden in the dark, behind some boots, hanging on the wall.
The "Mormon Creed" was a popular saying in early LDS Church history. Read the cross-stitch sampler to see what it is.
9. Ute Cradle Board
Location: Museum of Church History and Art, second floor in the Latter-day Saint Indian Art exhibit, east corner of the room.
The cradleboard features a diamond-shaped amulet that contains part of the baby's umbilical cord. The accompanying plaque says it symbolizes the "physical and spiritual link between mother and child."
10. Phoebe Woodruff's ring
Location: Museum of Church History and Art, second floor, central art gallery, west wall.
The portrait of Phoebe Woodruff, wife of Wilford Woodruff, and their son Joseph was painted around 1845. The baby died in Winter Quarters the next year. Look at the ring on her hand. Then walk over to the Presidents of the Church exhibit and find the actual ring.
11. The Black Rock alcove
Location: Conference Center, second floor, southwest corner alcove.
An idealized view of Black Rock on the Great Salt Lake painted by by H.L.A. Culmer in 1910. In that same room is a painting by Linda Curley of the view pioneers had coming into the Salt Lake Valley. Read the poem written in the bottom of the painting.
Some information for this story came from the new book, "Hallowed Ground, Sacred Journeys: Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations" by the Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University. Randall Dixon, senior archivist for the LDS Church, also was helpful. If you know of any other unusual attractions around Salt Lake City, please e-mail them to [email protected] E-mail: [email protected]
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