on November 19, 2000
Back in the time that SLC was pioneered (7-24-1847), Temple Square was the center of the city. This is the reason all city addresses originate at the temple gates. The construction of the Mormon Temple was begun in 1853 and completed in 1892. The temple was built from granite stones from the Little Cottonwood Canyon. For many years, ox and wagon hauled the blocks to the temple site.
The Square houses the Mormon Temple, The Mormon Tabernacle, home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle choir and the huge organ, and Assembly Hall. If you are in town on a Thursday night, come and hear the choir practice. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide will demonstrate for you the acoustics of the Tabernacle by dropping a pin at the front podium and you will be able hear it drop clearly anywhere you are standing, even at the back. The Mormon Temple is magnificent. The temple’s highest spire at 210 feet has a 12-foot tall hammered cooper statue of Angel Moroni.
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