Today, we’re ‘traveling’ to a historic site in Salt Lake City. Not only is the Beehive House in SLC, it’s about a good stone’s throw from the exact center of Salt Lake City.
The Mormon leader and Utah governor Brigham Young wanted some order to the settlement of Deseret. As such, there is a starting point for all of the addresses in its principal city. Since I live in Salt Lake County, my house address measures from that point. Young also ordered the streets on a grid and made them wide enough for a carriage to turn fully around.
Besides those accomplishments, Brigham Young was quite the family man. Wikipedia says he had 55 wives (some, he only sealed his name to); The Church stops at 27ish. Understandably, all those women and children needed housing. Beehive House is one of his residences.
Built back in 1854, he and his family (families?) lived within it and the extremely-adjacent Lion House from 1855 to his death in 1877.
Why visit Beehive House?
In 1959-1960, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revamped the thing and opened it as a tourist stop. Visitors may see how the Young family (families?) lived, ate, slept, and passed their time.
The last time we visited as a family, the cute old lady conducting our tour told us about Brigham Young’s favorite wife, Amelia, throwing a new sewing machine down the stairs because she didn’t like the brand.
“On one occasion he sent her a sewing machine, thinking to please her; it did not happen to be the kind of a one which she wanted; so she kicked it down stairs, saying, ‘What did you get this old thing for? You knew I wanted a Singer.’ She got a Singer at once.”
–Ann Eliza, two wives after Amelia, from Ann’s book Wife No. 19.
Be that a lesson to you, gents: don’t gift your 37-years-younger woman anything less than a Singer.
We like the blast to the past, the interesting stories, the neat architecture, and that it’s close to The Lion House Pantry (a cafeteria-style restaurant with dang good rolls).
Unlike Arches National Park, our last designation, Beehive House is about half an hour East and a titch North from the airport. There’s some on-street (metered) parking and a few underground spots (possibly able to get validated) beneath the nearby City Creek Mall.
You get two weeks of writings!:
Thursday, April 23: Wrote about Arches National Park.
Friday, April 24: Obbverse won the Terrible Poetry Contest for that week.
Saturday, April 25: Announced the final Terrible Poetry Contest. It was a good ‘un.
Monday, April 27: “A quote by Robin Sharma.
And, “How Much is That Love in the Window?” for Carrot Ranch’s prompt last week.
Wednesday, April 29: “Going Postal, VII,” in which we meet Marty Mennet.
And, got excited that Pam sent me her new book!!
Saturday, May 2: Introduce the new Weekly Hilarity Contest! I’ll post the winner tonight.
Sunday, May 3: Shared Nitin’s opening line contest. He intends to do more funny contests, so stay tuned!
Monday, May 4: An inspirational quote by the internet.
Wednesday, May 6: An update on home life during Coronavirus.
Thursday, May 7: “Going Postal, VIII.” The plot thickens…
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