Founding of Salt Lake City, Utah - Encircle Photos

2 Founding of Salt Lake City, Utah

“Here we will build a temple to our God.” Brigham Young spoke these words on July 24, 1847 after leading 3,000 Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Mexican-controlled Salt Lake Valley. The historic 1,300 mile exodus earned Young the nickname American Moses. The founder of Salt Lake City was also the first governor of the Utah Territory (1851- 1858). Yet Brigham Young’s major contribution came as the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until 1877. Below is Temple Square, a five-block area surrounding Salt Lake Temple (lower left). This starts your walking touring of the major buildings of the LDS Church world headquarters.


Founding of Salt Lake City, Utah

50 E North Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84150


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