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Salt Lake Temple Historical Marker Part 2

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Geographic Coordinates: 40°46’14” N 111°53’29” W

Marker Transcription: “Salt Lake Temple The temple is used by Church members for marriages and other sacred ordinances designed to strengthen families, both now and for eternity.  Begun in 1853, it was completed 40 years later. Granite rock used in its construction was hauled 23 miles by ox-drawn wagons from Little Cottonwood Canyon. The walls are nine feet thick at the ground level and narrow to six feet thick at the top.  The east center tower is 210 feet high and is topped by the statue of an angel heralding the restoration to earth the gospel of Jesus Christ in the latter days.” Posted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Primary Sources:

Wilford Woodruff journals and papers, 1828-1898; Wilford Woodruff Journals, 1833-1898; Wilford Woodruff journal, 1847 January-1853 December; Church History Library, (accessed: January 29, 2019)

Angell, Truman Osborn 1810-1887. Journal, 1851 December-1856 April. , (accessed: January 29, 2019)

Secondary Sources:

Talmage, James E. “The House of the Lord: A Study of Holy Sanctuaries.” Ancient and Modern (1912.)

Richards, Paul C. “The Salt Lake Temple Infrastructure: Studying It Out in Their Minds.” BYU Studies Quarterly 36, no. 2 (1996): 12.

Hamilton, Charles Mark. “The Salt Lake Temple: An Architectural Monograph.” PhD diss., The Ohio State University, 1978.

Digital Photograph: