Utah Voices: Which historic places in Utah matter most to you?

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(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) The remains of the Fifth Ward meetinghouse on 300 West in Salt Lake City, Monday, April 1, 2024. On Sunday, March 31, the historic building underwent an unauthorized demolition, which was halted by Salt Lake City officials.

The partial destruction of a historic Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Salt Lake City elicited strong emotional responses from the community, being described as “traumatic” and “a violation.” We asked Utahns which historic places in Utah — lost or preserved — matter most. Here’s a sampling of what you said.

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  • “Peteetneet Museum and the Santaquin Chieftain Museum.” — Denise, Santaquin

  • “I practiced with Urgyen Samten Ling at the building on 740 S 300 for nine years. I was horrified to see what happened to it. Also on my list of places I love: Gilgal and Trolley Square.” — Raquel, Salt Lake City

  • “St. Mary Catholic Church Park City.” — Craig, Moab

  • “The ‘70s Provo temple, the Saltair, any religious buildings over 80 years old.” — Colin, Provo

  • “Not so much one place, but this state has such a rich history of miners, explorers and rugged pioneers. I always love seeing old cabins and signs of historic settlement in the middle of nowhere and imagining why they settled there, the life they lived.” — Andrew, Millcreek

  • “Pantages Theater, Fisher Mansion.” — Ahren, Salt Lake City

  • “Salt Lake Temple, The Tabernacle, most of Presidents’ Circle at the U, nearly every structure on South Temple.” — Will, Bountiful

“The Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake’s downtown. This station is Salt Lake’s equivalent of Grand Central Station in New York. Unfortunately, it has been neglected since it stopped receiving trains in 1999 in preparation for the 2002 Olympics. Thankfully, rail might be restored to it should the Rio Grande Plan, a citizen’s initiative designed to restore rail service to the Rio Grande Depot and help heal Salt Lake’s East-West divide, moves forward.” — Evan, Salt Lake City

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