Utah Valley/Provo Area Mormon History Sites
Utah Valley is home to Utah's second-most populous county and some of its most historic cities and towns. Pioneers moved into Utah Valley quickly following the settlement of the Salt Lake Valley to the north. Today, Provo and the towns around it are proud of their heritage and make tremendous efforts to preserve and show off their history.
Below are listed some Mormon historic sites in the Logan area. This is not an exhaustive list, and visitors looking to see some of the more obscure or less popular historic sites are encouraged to research other sites of interest before visiting the area. (Note: Some information on this page is taken from William C. and Eloise Anderson's book, Guide to Mormon History Travel.)
Hutchings Museum, Lehi
The Hutchings Museum, located at 55 North Center Street in Lehi, houses John Hutching's personal collection of pioneer artifacts, as well as of natural and Native American items. The mix of pioneer history with natural history makes this a unique and broadly informative museum, with something for just about everyone. Admission is $2.50 for adults, $2.00 for students and $1.50 for children. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first Monday for each month with no admission fee from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Camp Floyd, Fairfield
Camp Floyd was constructed as the result of the dispute between Johnston's Army, sent by the United States government to regulate affairs in Utah, and the Mormons who resisted what they saw as an unprovoked invasion. As part of the resolution of the disagreement, the army agreed to be stationed outside of Salt Lake City; the site that they chose became Camp Floyd. At one time, 4,000 soldiers and 3,000 camp followers lived there. Camp Floyd was abandoned at the time of the Civil War, but much of the site remains. What was once a supply building now serves as a visitors center, and markers indicate the location of other former structures at the camp.
The Mount Timpanogos Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mount Timpanogos Temple, American Fork
As one of the more recently constructed temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—it was dedicated in 1996—the Mount Timpanogos Temple boasts a classic modern, single-spire design, and is widely regarded as one of the church's most beautiful temples. Visitors are reminded that the general public is not admitted into Mormon Temples, but all are welcome to enjoy the beautifully maintained grounds and the stunning architecture of the 107,240-square foot building. The Mount Timpanogos temple is located at 742 North 900 East in American Fork.
Alpine Stake Tabernacle, American Fork
The Alpine Stake Tabernacle is distinguishable from other pioneer-era tabernacles in that its exterior does not feature a tower or steeple. The interior, although recently refurbished, does reflect the influence of its original builders. Like most other tabernacles in Utah, it features a large choir area and beautiful pipe organ.
Battle Creek Markers, Pleasant Grove
The Utah Valley town of Pleasant Grove used to be called Battle Creek because of a skirmish in the area between Mormon settlers and Ute Indians. A monument commemorating the battle has been erected in on Main Street in Pleasant Grove at the edge of the city park.
Ben Hawley House
Originally built in 1869 of soft tufa rock, the Ben Hawley House is now one of the nicest restored pioneer-era buildings in all of Utah. It is located directly across from the Pleasant Grove library.
Fort Utah, Provo
On display is a scaled-down version of the original fort built on the Provo River by the area's first settlers. Descriptive markers explain the history of the site, which is now located just off of West Center Street by the Provo River.
The BYU motto—"Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve"—is a part of everyday life on campus.
Brigham Young University, Provo
Owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University is an internationally renowned university boasting over 30,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate/doctorate students. BYU was founded as Brigham Young Academy in 1875, and since then has expanded to become one of the nation's largest—and best known—private universities. Information for visitors is available at various locations on campus.
Provo Temple, Provo
The Provo Temple is one of the busiest in the world. Sitting on the bench of Squaw Peak, its spire overlooks the Brigham Young University campus and the Missionary Training Center. As in the case of the Mount Timpanogos Temple (see above), the general public is not admitted into the Provo Temple, but all are welcome to enjoy the beautifully maintained grounds and the exterior of the massive, 128,325-square foot temple.
Provo Tabernacle, Provo
Located between Center Street and 100 South on University Avenue in the center of town, the Provo Tabernacle is a beautifully restored pioneer-era meeting place. It regularly hosts concerts and events of different kinds.
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