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A Photograph: South North Temple and Main

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 23, 2011

It’s one of the loveliest sites in Salt Lake City today, with the Joseph Smith Memorial Building standing where the Deseret News building appears here, separated from the classical Church Administration Building beyond by rich gardens, with Temple Square just out of this picture to the left, and with the Brigham Young Monument moved back a few feet on the edge of the present Main Street Plaza … but this 1898 photo, taken a few months after the installation of the Monument, shows how far the city had yet to go in its beautification efforts.





  1. Thanks, Ardis. It’s sometimes easy to forget just how far downtown Salt Lake City has progressed. Makes one wonder what those living a hundred or more years from now will think of Salt Lake ca. 2011-12.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — December 23, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  2. You mean, the noisy, smelly cars and those acres of asphalt and flashing lights may have given way to something peaceful and pleasant?! I dream …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 23, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  3. It was a mistake to move the Brigham Young Monument. In Baltimore, I also get a pleasure in driving up Charles Street and swerving around that city’s Washington Monument. The original Washington Monument, by the way, not the pointy late-comer.

    Comment by John Mansfield — December 23, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  4. I liked the quirkiness of having the monument in the middle of the intersection. It’s current setting is surely more blah, but certainly more practical.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 23, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  5. Isn’t this South Temple and Main?

    Comment by Scw — December 23, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  6. I never could tell my left hand from my right — yes, you’re right. It’s South Temple. D’oh!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 23, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  7. I’d be willing to bet that, rather than seeing the ugliness we do today, back then the citizenry was proud both of their technology and of their public art. :-)

    Comment by SLK — December 23, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  8. I’ll bet you’re right, SLK. “Ever’thin’s up to date in Salt Lake City, they’ve gone about as fer as they kin go …”

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 23, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  9. Wow. Look at those tracks! How did a person cross the street? How did the wagons get across those? Wouldn’t that be a danger for streetcar-wagon accidents? Are those telegraph poles? The tender mercies of buried utility lines! And those look like Lombardy poplars in the background. Any Lombardy poplars in downtown Salt Lake City nowadays? (Probably not! And for good reason.)

    Comment by Amy T — December 23, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  10. “Ever’thin’s up to date in Salt Lake City…”

    As a veteran of several productions of Oklahoma, that delighted me exceedingly. :-)

    Merry Christmas, Ardis!

    Comment by SLK — December 24, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

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