Buffalo Bill, Oscar Wilde and other famous visitors to Temple Square, 1875-1917


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  • Bobster Boise, ID
    March 3, 2015 11:57 p.m.

    I found this a very interesting list. SLC, as the world headquarters of Mormonism, was likely a welcome rest stop for the famous who may have been traveling to the west coast. A tour of the tabernacle would likely have been something of interest to them as it is to so many today. Thanks for preparing the list.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 12, 2015 1:01 p.m.

    William Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State visited the Tabernacle in 1870 on the newly opened Transcontintal Raidroad. He recorded his impressions of B.Y., B.Y's Weekly Sunday Discourse in the Tabernacle and the Mormon Church in his Book "William Seward travels around the world". I would call his impressions accurate capturing a tuned in Washington Government offical's point of view and from someone outside the LDS Church. At this period of the time the two big issues of the Day were Slavery (resconstruction really) and Polygamy. Slavery was more or less dead buried and the Government was then organizing it's legal might against the practice of Polygamy in Utah.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 12, 2015 11:06 a.m.

    Read a little more carefully. The article states that a son of Charles Dickens visited temple square. Dickens himself is recorded as visiting a Mormon immigrant ship.

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    Jan. 12, 2015 9:57 a.m.

    Loud Loiterer is correct. It looks like Charles Dickens made two journeys to America, but he didn't go further west than St. Louis. And he certainly didn't travel there 18 years after he died.

  • Loud Loiterer Sandy, UT
    Jan. 12, 2015 9:14 a.m.

    Charles Dickens died in 1870. So I'm not sure how he was able to make his visit in 1888...

  • Jaedi Dublin, 00
    Jan. 12, 2015 8:02 a.m.

    Oscar Wilde's visit to Salt Lake City. Should this be April 10?

  • Jaedi Dublin, 00
    Jan. 12, 2015 7:49 a.m.

    William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891.2.14) visits Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, with President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893.1.17).

    You appear to give conflicting dates. Is 1880 Sept 6 correct?