Linking to: Friday My Town Shoot Out
and Skywatch Friday,
Oldest Building in My Town, finished in 1893
It took the pioneers 40 years to complete this temple. Originally, sandstone was used for the foundation of the building but when Johnston's Army was on the way to Utah in 1857, all of the foundation was covered with dirt. People set up areas in the homes getting them ready to burn in case they had a war. The pioneer families moved south while leaving their men to fight. With only a few skirmishes with the Army, Johnson found there was no real reason to fight with the Mormons.
In 1858 when tensions had eased of having the US Army camped south of Salt Lake, the pioneers uncovered the sandstone to find that many of the stones were cracked so it was determined that granite needed to be used.
They cut large granite stones from the mountains in Cottonwood Canyon, a good 30 miles from the site and these large stones were transported by wagon. Not only were men working on the temple but they had to farm to feed themselves and their families while building this beautiful temple. "Holiness to the Lord" is inscribed over the door.
Reflections of the spires in the fountain across the street.
A large baptismal font being held on the backs of 12 brass oxen is the in basement and represents the 12 tribes of Israel. Many of the measurements were taken from Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem from the Bible.
Salt Lake Baptismal Font