40 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square

by | May 23, 2014


The Handcart Pioneer Monument


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16. The monument to the handcart pioneers was built in 1942. Because of wartime priorities, special government approval had to be obtained to use so much bronze for a statue.

17. The statue was built and shipped from New York to Utah on its own railway flatcar, arriving in time for the Centennial celebration of the arrival of the first pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley.

18. The plants around the base of the monument are the same plants and shrubs that the pioneers would encounter--cactus, cedar, Manzanita, sage, and yucca.

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