Salt Lake City Cemetery: Where Mormon history lives

It’s a good dating stop for Mormon couples, a fun setting for LDS family home evenings and a classroom for living history.  Especially around Pioneer Day.

 That’s because the 120-acre Salt Lake City Cemetery — a quiet, natural sanctuary in the Avenues neighborhood — is home to some of Utah’s and Mormonism’s most notable (and notorious) dead since Brigham Young declared Deseret to be, well, the right place.

Among the sprawling cemetery’s 110,000 graves: 11 Mormon prophets, from John Taylor through Gordon Hinckley (omitting only Lorenzo Snow and Ezra Taft Benson); colorful characters such as gun-slinging bodyguard Orrin Porter Rockwell and the “swearing elder” J. Golden Kimball; and well-known pioneer women, including Ellis R. Shipp, one of Utah’s first female doctors, Jane Manning James, the first black Mormon pioneer woman, and Amelia Folsom Young, Brother Brigham’s 25th — and purportedly favorite — wife.

By Leann Burke|The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 19, 2013
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