9 Historical Landmarks You Absolutely Must Visit In Utah
Did you know that Utah has several National Historical Landmarks? They’re quite diverse in their location and type. Check them out to learn more about Utah’s history (and have a good time doing it!). Here are 9 of Utah’s National Historical Landmarks.
1. Bryce Canyon Lodge
The Bryce Canyon Lodge and its "deluxe" cabins were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The lodge was designed by Stanley Underwood and completed in 1925.
2. Emigration Canyon
The Mormon pioneers emerged from Emigration Canyon to see their first view of the Salt Lake Valley. The canyon received its National Historic Landmark status in 1961. Visit it for some beautiful scenery (and grab a bit to eat at Ruth’s Diner while you’re there!).
3. Brigham Young Complex
The Beehive House and The Lion House, both homes belonging to Brigham Young, are considered the Brigham Young Complex, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1964. You can visit the Lion House to dine at The Pantry, and take a tour of both homes.
4. Temple Square
Temple Square became a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Temple Square consists of 10 acres and includes the Salt Lake Temple, Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Visitors Centers and grounds.
5. Old City Hall, Salt Lake City
Old City Hall was built in 1866. It’s located at 100 S. 120 E. in Salt Lake City and functioned as the city hall until 1894. It currently houses the Utah Office of Tourism and Utah Film Commission.
6. Reed O. Smoot House, Provo
The Reed O. Smoot House, at 183 E. 100 S. in Provo, was U.S. Senator Smoot’s family home. It was built in 1892 and designed by Architect Richard K.A. Kletting. It gained its status as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
7. Desolation Canyon
John Wesley Powell explored Desolation Canyon in 1869. It’s remote and rugged, but you can visit via raft on the Green River. The area was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969.
8. Fort Douglas
Fort Douglas was originally built in 1862. It’s located on the University of Utah campus. Visit the Fort Douglas Museum at 32 Potter Street; it’s free of charge.
9. Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
The site of one of Utah’s darkest moments in history was declared a National Historic Site in 2011. The attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train in 1857, resulted in the deaths of 120 men, women and children. Though many men were responsible for the killings, only one man, John D. Lee, was convicted. A memorial at the site stands today in remembrance of those murdered.
Have you visited these national historical landmarks?
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