Mormon History in Salt Lake City

Settled in 1847 by Brigham Young and his band of Mormon pioneers and now renowned as the center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Salt Lake City’s Mormon legacy forms an important part of its heritage. Today, Salt Lake City remains the ultimate site on the 2,092-km Mormon Pioneer Trail and is home to a number of significant Mormon sites.

Start your discovery of Salt Lake City’s Mormon history at the central Temple Square, where you’ll find the grand Salt Lake Temple, the world headquarters of the LDS Church, the Salt Lake Assembly Hall and the Seagull Monument, then head to the nearby Church History Museum, where the fascinating exhibitions chronicle the arrival and settlement of the pioneers. Also in Temple Square is the magnificent Salt Lake Tabernacle, home to the award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir who regularly perform concerts accompanied by its impressive 11,623-pipe Tabernacle Organ.

Additional sites of interest include the “This Is the Place” Heritage Park, which takes its name from the legendary declaration of founder Brigham Young and features a monument dedicated to the Mormon settlers of Utah, alongside a recreated pioneer village. Just outside the city is the Salt Lake Cemetery, where nine LDS Church presidents are buried; Pioneer Park, which marks the location of Salt Lake’s first pioneer campsite; and Ensign Peak, a striking lookout where the pioneer leaders first surveyed the city.  Hiking parts of the historic Pioneer Trail is also a popular choice, with nearby landmarks including Emigration Canyon, the point where the pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley and now a National Historic Landmark.
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