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'This Is The Place' SP, Salt Lake City: 5 reviews and 12 photos

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These are the famous words Brigham Young is reported to have said on his first glimpse of the Salt Lake Valley. The monument now marking the spot was sculpted by his grandson Mahonri Young (who never knew his famous grandfather). Brigham later recorded that he had seen a vision then of the growth of the city, of homes and farms covering the valley that at the time was full of summer grass and sagebrush.

On top of the 60 ft tall pillar are Brigham Young, and his two counselors Heber Kimball and Wilford Woodruff. On the monument are bas-reliefs which share the history of the Salt Lake Valley up to the time of the pioneers' entry. There are images of the Spanish fathers Francisco Dominguez and Silvestre Escalante who were the first white men to see the future state of Utah. There are the mountain men and explorers who first pushed their way through in pursuit of beaver and knowledge. Chief Washakie is the lone representative of the First Americans who were influential in that first century of white settlement. Also remembered is the Donner-Reed wagon train which passed through the year before and cut the way for Young's party. They went on to infamy in the Sierras. And in joyous celebration are Erastus Snow and Orson Pratt who were the first of the Mormon pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley.

It is a nice spot to see the city and to contemplate the growth of the West.

Connected with the monument is the Heritage park, a recreated Deseret Village from some original and some replica buildings. Across the street is the Hogle Zoo. After a visit to the park, if you have time, drive up the canyon the pioneers came down, turn left at the East Canyon junction and drive to Big Mountain where you can see the first view they had of the valley that later became their home.

Address: 2601 Sunnyside Avenue
Phone: (801) 584-8391
Website: http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/t/THISISTHEPLACE.html

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  • Updated Jul 4, 2010
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