Indian Stories

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Indian Stories
Description When the completed temple was dedicated,the grounds outside were still covered with rocks and sagebrush. It wasn't until 1907 that approval was given by the First Presidency of the church for landscape improvements. At this time the original terrace walls surrounding the grounds were removed with the exception of the lower one "which was lowered by one half and the hill was graded to cone shape." Tons of rich soil were hauled upon the hill and covered the once solid stone bed, making it possible to plant lawns and flowers. Before the beautification program commenced, the climb up the hill to enter the temple required strength and fortitude. Loren D. Squire, who went to the temple to be baptized the day after his eighth birthday, January 3, 1906, describes it this way, "My father had taken my mother and I to the foot of temple hill on the west end of the hill. . .Mother and I started up a zig-zag trail from the road up the steep, rock-covered hill to the west end of the temple. At each corner of the zig-zag trail was a cedar post set in the ground and a 1 1/2 inch rope was anchored from post to post as a rail to help those climbing the hill. After reaching the temple we went inside where we were guided to a room for me to change into white clothing ready for baptism." There was need for better steps than the zigzag trail, A beautiful, elaborate stairway was constructed, leading from the street level and connecting with the roadway surrounding the temple on the west side. The stairway was 20 feet wide with retaining walls on either side and with square pillars at each landing. These pillars were fitted for electric lights. There were 125 steps with nine landings. Including the cement and iron, there was a total of 2,500,000 pounds of material in the stairway. It took four months to construct. The stone stairway bordering the southeast driveway and leading to the east entrance of the building has 80 steps and is also a raagnificent piece of work. In 1940 the west steps were torn out and lawn was planted. Other lawn was added later on the south slope of the hill. 105
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
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