Tour of Utah: Beehive House (AKA Brigham Young’s House)

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.

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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.

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See? Mormons are organized folk. Thanks, waymarking.com.

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.

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This looks like a kitchen, although 56 children would not have fit at that table. Maybe they took it in shifts? (Care of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.)

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).

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That’s a mighty fine beehive, c/o The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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!!

Friday, May 1: Winner of the last Weekly Terribly Poetry Contest. Congratulations to Trent! We’re still working on rapping…

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.

And, “Longboard Records Are Meant to Be Broken,” for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt.

Wednesday, May 6: An update on home life during Coronavirus.

Thursday, May 7: “Going Postal, VIII.” The plot thickens…

I also posted on my motherhood site. I wrote “What the Frick?” and “Mother of Four.”

©2020 Chelsea Owens

31 thoughts on “Tour of Utah: Beehive House (AKA Brigham Young’s House)

  1. Denny K May 8, 2020 / 10:59 am

    So Amelia was content to be number 17, but her sewing machine mattered that much? Fascinating. Sounds like Mr. Young favored a woman with a little spunk.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 8, 2020 / 11:30 am

      I think he favored a woman who could sing and act with poise …and who knows where else she had talents.

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  2. bereavedandbeingasingleparent May 8, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    I those Old places. We are so lucky living near one of the worlds great historic cities. Roman, Viking, medieval history everywhere. When you get to Europe you will live the history x

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  3. Pastor Cathy May 8, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    Tour of Utah: Beehive House (AKA Brigham Young’s House)
    Why visit Beehive House?

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  4. petespringerauthor May 8, 2020 / 9:07 pm

    Fifty-five wives? Was he a glutton for punishment?😎

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    • Chelsea Owens May 8, 2020 / 10:44 pm

      Word is that they didn’t ALL live together. Maybe it was like shopping at different grocery stores each week.

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  5. Ian Kay May 9, 2020 / 2:46 am

    He had a wedding anniversary every week; he never forgot to buy flowers and a card even if he couldn’t remember who it was for.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 9, 2020 / 9:32 pm

      An excellent question! Sealing is a religious ceremony, meant to aid in an eternal existence of the highest degree. Historical records show that Brigham Young did not consumate all 55 of the credited marriages, nor did he live with them.

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  6. Charli Mills May 9, 2020 / 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the tour, Chelsea! I understand Amelia’s disgruntlement. I asked the Hub for a Mother’s Day cake from a local bakery that was doing curbside service for moms. He went and got a cheap grocery store cake instead. I’ve been pouting all weekend! I should throw it down the stairs — at him, lol. I love that stove in the kitchen and the banister. Beautiful yet functional.

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    • Chelsea Owens May 10, 2020 / 7:29 am

      😀 I’d *feel* like throwing the cake! I’d also know I’d have to clean it up. Imagine being that sort of personality, and having that sort of sway over a man like that!

      I’m looking forward to touring it in person again, plus other buildings in Salt Lake City. There are many with beautiful architecture.

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  7. Norah May 10, 2020 / 4:38 am

    Sounds like a lot of interesting history to be discovered there.

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  8. Lisa Bradshaw May 10, 2020 / 10:49 am

    imagine being married to so many wives.. How did they handle it.. Thank goodness it’s a thing of the past for most of us.. ;-).. Our ex president had 6 wives..

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  9. johnlmalone May 14, 2020 / 12:40 am

    interesting character that Brigham Young : imagine all those wives; tthe mind boggles 🙂 love the sewing machine snippet; and that word ‘titch’ : is it the same as our phrase ‘in a jiff’?

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