Construction on the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was completed in 1977. Once the Mormon pioneers came to the west, this temple was the first structure of its kind to be completed and is the oldest operating temple in the Mormon church. The temple grounds, covering one square block, offer a visitor center where any person may enter and learn more about the tenets of the Mormon faith. Film presentations and guided tours are available. The Mormon Temple grounds and visitor center is the number one tourist attraction in St. George.The temple was constructed on a location that had some swampy ground and, of necessity, the foundation of the structure needed to be reinforced. To accomplish this solid volcanic rock was taken from a nearby quarry (see below) and pounded into the ground to create stable footings for the foundation. Builders used an old canon from the Mexican War to pile-drive the volcanic rock into the marshy ground.
Brigham Young was a tradesman from Whitingham, Vermont who converted to Mormonism in 1830. He joined President of the Church Joseph Smith’s Church of Christ in 1832 and moved to their headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. After the church relocated to Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith named Young to the first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and named him president of the group in 1839. In 1844, the residents of Nauvoo were split over the issue of plural marriage, leading to the arrest of Smith. A mob of men assassinated Smith while he was in jail, resulting in the succession crisis. By the time Young was President, tensions between the Mormons in Nauvoo and non-Mormons in nearby settlements was at a peak. In early 1846, Young left with most of the Mormons and headed west to establish a new settlement, away from persecution. When he arrived at the base of the Great Salt Lake, he decided to create a permanent settlement, Salt Lake City. Young was instrumental in delegating groups of Mormons to settle nearby territory, convert the natives, and provide infrastructure. Brigham Young in 1870, three years before he started to use his winter home. St. George was a commissioned settlement in Utah’s Dixie. Intended to be a cotton-growing colony, the region was noted for its warm temperatures, even in winter. As Young aged, he found that warm weather helped his arthritis. St. George settlers built a home and office for Young in 1871, and he frequently spent his winters there after a front extension was added in 1873. Young’s presence motivated the locals to complete the St. George Temple, which Young himself dedicated in 1877. Young died on August 29, 1877 and willed the land to Judd Gates, the local dentist. It was later abandoned until Georgius Cannon Young, a descendent of Brigham, purchased the lot and restored it. He deeded it to Utah State Parks and Recreation in 1959 and the house was again restored. The house and office was designed by Miles Romney. An 1873 addition was designed by his son, Miles Park Romney. The house stands at two stories and is constructed with beige adobe brick. The red sandstone basement has two rooms, and the roof gable has wood shingles. Inside, the house has four fireplaces, three made of red sandstone and one from adobe. The church relocated all of Young’s existing former furniture, some of which was built by Young himself, and added other period pieces to replace those lost. The office is east of the living quarters, featuring stucco walls and a sandstone chimney. Wood for the house was cut from the Mount Trumbull Wilderness and the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness. The Brigham Young Winter Home and Office was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is located at the southeast corner of 100 West and 200 North and is open to the public as a museum.
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Escape Properties is a proud re-seller for Tuacahn performances, shows and productions. One call to our reservations team and you can book accomodations as well as a show event at one of the most amazing theatrical venues in the great out doors. The 2016 Theater Productions are Peter Pan – The high-flying musical that brings our the child in all of us Tarzan – Back by popular demand The Hunchback of Norte Dame – based on the novel by Victor Hugo and Disney’s Animated production We recommend planning to eat at the show in their catered buffet dinner as well as a guided back stage tour before the show. If you are looking for accommodations – check out our properties near Tuacahn. Call for assistance (435) 414-1515 x 1