Do You Know Where Brigham Young is Buried?

Once upon a time (or about 150 years ago), a chunk of the land around present-day Temple Square in Salt Lake City was the farmland of President Brigham Young. It was there, on the corner of his own land, that many members of his family were buried, including the prophet himself. --- Born in Vermont in 1801, Brigham Young led an exodus of thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Illinois in 1846. After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley about a year later, the prophet immediately chose a site to build a temple, and then plan the rest of the city around it. Temple Square was born. A quick walk up the hill from Temple Square, the Brigham Young Cemetery and Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument are sandwiched today between a couple of apartment buildings. In 1848, this acre was part of the prophet’s land, and overlooked the valley the pioneers had settled. When Young died from the effects of a ruptured appendix in 1877, he was buried here alongside other family members that had passed away before. When you walk in the front gate of the park, you are greeted by a statue commemorating the six thousand pioneers that lost their lives along the Pioneer Trail. There are also two plaques nearby honoring the hymns, “Come, Come, Ye Saints” and “O My Father.” And in the back, near the site of Brigham Young’s grave, is this sculpture of the prophet reading to his children. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this hidden treasure of Salt Lake City, give yourself five or ten minutes to walk up First Avenue to see the Brigham Young Cemetery and Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument.