Eagle Gate

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Eagle Gate Monument, one of Salt Lake City's unique landmarks.[1]

The Eagle Gate monument is a historical monument—more in the form of an arch than a gate—seventy-six feet across, situated at the intersection of State Street at South Temple, adjacent to Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]

History[edit]

The monument was erected in 1859 and commemorates the entrance to Brigham Young's property at the mouth of City Creek Canyon.[3] It was originally topped by a wooden eagle, refurbished several times and eventually replaced by the current 4,000-pound, bronze eagle, with a wingspan of 20 feet (6.1 m). Carved by Ralph Ramsay,[4] the original wooden eagle is on display at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum located at 300 North Main Street.

The first Eagle Gate was remodeled and enlarged with new stone piers and wider inverted arches in the early 1890s (with Ralph Ramsay's eagle rebuilt and fortified); designed by Don Carlos Young, an architect son of Brigham Young. Due to the widening of State Street in the early 1960s, the prior monument including Ramsay's eagle was removed and replaced with a much wider and larger third generation Eagle Gate, designed by Salt Lake City architect George Cannon Young. Young was the son of Don Carlos Young and the grandson of Brigham Young. The monument is one of Salt Lake City's most well known pioneer landmarks, and its current design is one of Salt Lake City's best standing examples of Mid-Century Modern design.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Topping, Gary; Ferguson, Melissa Coy (2009). Salt Lake City: 1890-1930. Arcadia Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 0-7385-7074-5. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ Durham, Michael Schelling (1990). The Desert States. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. p. 365. ISBN 1-55670-109-8. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Brigham Young Monument and Eagle Gate". Places to visit. LDS Church. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Jenson, Andrew (2004). Church Chronology: A Record of Important Events Pertaining to the History of. Kessinger Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 1-4179-6854-0. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  5. ^ Deseret News, Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, "Eagle Gate spans the history of Salt Lake."

External links[edit]

Media related to Eagle Gate monument at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 40°46′10.56″N 111°53′17.73″W / 40.7696000°N 111.8882583°W / 40.7696000; -111.8882583