Fancy long walks in cemeteries and bite-sized Utah history lessons?
Look no further, Salt Lake City has several free self-guided walking tours through the grounds of Utah’s oldest cemetery.
Located in the Avenues neighborhood, with its main entrances along 4th Ave. and 11th Ave. between N St. and U St., the Salt Lake City Cemetery spans 250 acres, making it the largest city-run cemetery in the United States.
While the cemetery’s list of fascinating figures is 50 names long, some of the more notable include:
- Orrin Porter Rockwell, Joseph Smith’s gunslinging bodyguard who left quite a notorious legacy in Utah,
- Brigham Young’s son, Brigham Morris Young, who was a “cross-dressing soprano” and also went by Madame Patirini,/li>
- Jane Manning James, the first female black Mormon pioneer,
- Phebe Beatie, who was part of the Utah Suffragist movement,
- Lilly E. Gray, who died in 1958 and whose gravestone only says, “Victim of the Beast 666.”
Important local religious and political leaders have been laid to rest in the Salt Lake City cemetery. Wilford Woodruff, David O. McKay, Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson are among the twelve presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints buried there.
The Salt Lake City Cemetery is also the final resting place for several former Utah governors, U.S. Senators, mayors, and University of Utah and Brigham Young University presidents, administrators and alumni.
Cemetery visitors can download colorful printouts of the maps and self-guided walking tours. Printed versions are available at the cemetery sexton’s house.
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