The thing that impressed me most about Salt Lake City was the churches. They are beautiful and ornate and in today's economy would be unaffordable. The thought passed through my mind, that around the turn of the century (20th century) there must have been a "battle of the churches". A unofficial contest to see who would have the most beautiful church.
My first exposure to Utah was Garden City. A very small town on the edge of Bear Lake. It was settled by the Mormons in 1877. The population in 1896 was 249 and in 1996 was 225. Now that's progress, eh? The town holds true to it's name and I photographed many flower boxes there which appear on the "Smell the flowers" page. As sharp contrast to Salt Lake City there are no churches in Garden City, and no post office. It is the recreational hub of the valley.
I didn't get back into Utah as planned, but I will get back to view the landscape one day. I did try to visit the Great Salt Lake, but could find no one, who could tell me how to get there. There were no roads shown on the map. If I had not seen it fron the highlands on my way to SLC, I'd think it didn't exist. I hope you enjoy the few photos of Utah.

The Mormon Tabernacle

The front view (or back)

Garden City and Bear Lake

From higher up the mountain

The Capitol on the hill

And a closeup

Statue of Chief Massassoit

The Replica Liberty Bell of Utah
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

Utah's Rememberance Park

Their Vietnam Memorial

An interesting building

The Cathedral of the Madeline
The Cathedral of the Madeline, also known as St. Mary's Cathedral, was erected in 1900. It was designated as a Utah Historic Site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Inside the Cathedral

The First Presbyterian Church

Music is the Hallelujah Chorus
from Handel's "Messiah"

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