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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Eagle Gate 1859

 
 
Eagle Gate 1859 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. Eagle Gate 1859 Marker
Inscription. The Eagle Gate marked the entrance to the homes of Brigham Young. During the early settlement of the valley, Brigham Young was aloted the land lying athwart the mouth of City Creek Canyon. His New England heritage prompted him to desire the privacy given by a high wall around the property as well as for the protection it afforded.

Erected in 1859, the gate has through the years become the symbol of the man who built it. The original eagle and the supporting beehive were caved from five laminated wooden blocks and rested upon carved wooden arches, having their anchor on the cobble-stone wall surrounding the estate. Large wooden gates closed the 20-2 foot opening at night, securing behind them the Beehive House, the Lion House, and the private offices between them, the beautiful flower gardens, the private school, and the barns, sheds, granaries, silk worm cacooneries, orchards, and vegetable garden.

In 1891 the gates were removed and the entrance widened into a street at that time the eagle was sent east, electroplated with copper, and raised on new supports resting on cut stone pillars. In 1960 when the street was again widened the wood under the copper plating had deteriorated, and the eagle could not be remounted.

This bronze gate way, its eagle a scale enlargement of the original, has been erected
Detail of original gate and walls image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Detail of original gate and walls
as a tribute to the pioneers who founded this commonwealth.
 
Erected 1965 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints & Utah State Dept. of Highways.
 
Location. 40° 46.175′ N, 111° 53.29′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and South Temple Street, on the right when traveling north on State Street. Click for map. Marker is immediately adjacent to the southwest corner of the Eagle Gate Apartments. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Private School House (here, next to this marker); The Bee-Hive House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beehive House (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigham Young’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lion House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Lion House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lion House (within shouting distance of this marker); Church Administration Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
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Eagle Gate today over State Street image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
3. Eagle Gate today over State Street
Eagle Gate over State Street (view east) image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
4. Eagle Gate over State Street (view east)
Gate with Capitol Buildingg in the backround image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1997
5. Gate with Capitol Buildingg in the backround
The Eagle image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, July 1997
6. The Eagle
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,130 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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