I wonder if the State/City (Government) paid fair market value for Brigham
Young's land? What are the odds?I'll bet the Church donated it to
the City/State.During the Main Street fiasco, critics forgot that
most land was originally actually donated to the City, without compensation to
the Church.For years I have advocated a re-do of Eagle Gate.A
replica of the original can be seen at This is the Place park.I hope
the Church will bring back the stone pillars, and 19th century Rustic look. This
could easily be achieved with the current structure. Simply expose
the supporing structure and wrap the legs with stone pillars. Instead of a copper sheath, bring back the earth tone colors and stone. As it is now, it is barely noticable, with contrast and color of natural
materials it would really be a show-piece once again.And while we're
at it. The traffic signal in front of the Brigham Young monument is too large,
and obstructs the southeast view for pictures.Let's shorten that up.And enough already with jersey barriers and pvc along the trax routes.
Honestly!ok I'm done.
Thank you for the article and photos! I, too, "hope this author and the Deseret
News will continue to publish these types of stories." It's very nice to have
access to this historic information. "delusions of grandeur" ?? Old
Brigham Young was young Brigham Young when he started out with his "delusions of
grandeur." And just look at the many grand real results of his "delusions!"
Really.Perhaps the earlier versions of the Eagle Gate were more
aesthetic, but in order to span the widened street and stand the ravages of time
and weather, the modern "monstrous distortion" is more practical. And, thanks to
the Deseret News, we still have access to the old photos.
Old Brigham Young really had delusions of grandeur didn't he?
The current Eagle Gate is a monstrous distortion of the earlier versions, which
were much more aesththetic.
Out of State, I had the exact same reaction.
When I first saw the headline I thot, "oh no! They're not taking it down, are
they?" I'm so glad to see that is not the case.
I really enjoyed this article. I hope this author and the Deseret News will
continue to publish these types of stories.
Thanks for the brief history and pictures. Much of the info I had heard before
(childhood visits to Beehive House), but I had forgotten much.I
suspect Brother Brigham would be amused to see how his driveway has changed
through the years.
Very interesting pictures and article
I enjoyed the article and the photos were awesome. My dad worked on the project
in the early '60's