Thursday, October 11, 2012

Those Places Thursday–Webster Family Road Trip: Utah ~ Salt Lake City

This is part of a series of posts dedicated to the immigration story of Debs Webster and his family.

My Grandpa Debs and his family are heading south.  They’ve completed their visit to Idaho, and are now driving to Utah.

The next photographs in Grandpa Debs’ 1952 photo album are from Salt Lake City, specificaly Salt Lake City Temple Square.

Salt Lake City is the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a worldwide church consisting of approximately 14,441,346 members.  As recent converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this visit to Salt Lake City must have been very special to my Grandpa Debs and his family.

The first photograph is of the Salt Lake Temple.  This magnificent temple took 40 years to build.  The cornerstone was laid on April 6, 1853 and the dedication was April 6, 1893.


Salt Lake Temple
1952
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Here’s a photo my husband took of the Salt Lake Temple while we were on our vacation to Utah this last summer.


Salt Lake Temple
2012

I just LOVE this spectacular photo of the temple at night (photo from lds.org).


Salt Lake Temple
Photo from lds.org
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Below is a photo by my Grandpa Debs of what looks like the Salt Lake City Temple Square grounds.


Salt Lake City Temple Square
1952
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And here we have the Assembly Hall.  It is a beautiful Gothic-style building constructed between 1877 and 1882.


The Assembly Hall at
Salt Lake City Temple Square
1952
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Here's a photo of the Assembly Hall from our 2012 family vacation to Utah.


The Assembly Hall at
Salt Lake City Temple Square
2012

And here are a couple photos from the lds.org website showing the inside of the Assembly Hall. 

Interior of the Assembly Hall
Photo from lds.org
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Don’t you just love this circular staircase?

Circular Staircase in the Assembly Hall
Photo from lds.org
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If you are ever in the Salt Lake City area, I hope you take the opportunity to visit Salt Lake City Temple Square.   It is well worth your time.

I’d also love to share with you the vintage postcards of the Salt Lake City area from my Grandpa Debs’ scrapbook.  They are really cool!  But, this post is already getting quite lengthy, so I’ll have to wait until next time.

Thanks for reading!


Copyright © Jana Last 2012

6 comments:

  1. I love the feeling I get when I walk where I know ancestors walked. And while Debs was not that far back in your ancestry, visiting a place he and his family visited had to be very meaningful. Do you know how much time they spent there? Did they attend worship?

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      I so appreciate you reading my blog and your comments!

      Unfortunately, I don't know how long they spent in Salt Lake City. But I do know that this was in fact a very special visit for them. I talked to my mom and she verified that for me.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

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  2. It's so fun to compare the photos from an earlier time! This must have been a very, very special visit for them.

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    1. Hi Debi,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the "then and now" photos! And yes, this was a very special visit for them.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

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  3. As others have said, it looks like a special visit ... and how wonderful that you have "then and now" photos. I agree that the photo of the temple at night is beautiful ...

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    1. Hi ljhlaura,

      Yes, it was a special visit for them. I'm glad you enjoyed the "then and now" photos!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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