Nibley Park Ward

Nibley Park Ward

Another of the classic “Colonel’s Twins” style LDS Chapels, see the Belvedere Ward for as another.

This one was built in 1925.

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Temple Square 2019 Christmas Lights


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The Christmas lights at Temple Square are a popular thing in December in Utah, I try to stop by to document them every year – see other years here.

The word is that it won’t be happening the next 4 years for renovations to happen to the Temple and Temple Square, if that’s the case I’ll add to the list again in 4 more years.

The Old Meeting House


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The Old Meeting House is a well known meetinghouse turned reception center in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is to be demolished for townhomes soon so I wanted to document it to be able to look back on.

4120 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Historically it was known as the Winder Ward, the first part was built in 1905 and the expansion was finished in 1933.

I saw some interesting facts posted online by Natalie Brown, the manager of the event center the building currently funtions as.

  • In 1904 William Wallace Casper donated an acre of his land to the L.D.S. Winder Ward for their new chapel. As was the case then, the members were responsible to build and pay for their buildings. Although unfinished they held their first meeting on December 3 1905. Finally finished, on the 1st of July 1906, the First Presidency of the L.D.S. Church was in attendance and congratulated the the people on the completion of their chapel. The custom then, as now, was to defer dedication of the building until it was paid for. That day came on September 1, 1914.
  • The building was closed for 3 months the winter of 1918 due to an outbreak of Influenza.
  • There is a canal just west of the parking lot called the “church canal” it was originally built to carry stone from Little Cottonwood canyon to the site of the Salt Lake Temple.
  • An addition of north and south wings, a theatre built in the basement and a face lift on the outside all took place between 1924 and 1931.
  • In June of 1939 the chapel ceiling collapsed, destroying chandeliers and damaging benches but they remodeled and the building was rededicated in December of 1939 by L.D.S. Church President Heber J. Grant.
  • In 1940 a pipe organ was installed.
  • In 1942 the orchard land to the south was donated for more parking.
  • In 1958 the theatre was turned into a multi-purpose room.
  • In 1976 they held the last and final meeting before it was sold. In 1978 Sandra Gardner, looking for a venue to hold her daughters wedding reception, met the owner and discovered he was looking for someone to run it. She decided to give it a try. Sandra and her husband eventually bought the business and later the building.

Casino/Star Theatre

The Casino Theatre, constructed in 1912, is historically significant as the best example of “high style” architecture in Gunnison and as the first and only theatre constructed in the town. A two-story rectangular building with its narrow end facing Main Street, the theatre stands among modestly styled commercial buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The theatre was used for both movies and live productions, serving for nine decades as the principal center of commercial entertainment in Gunnison.

One of the most ornate examples of the Beaux Arts style in Utah, its symmetrical facade features elaborate Beaux Arts elements, such as large fluted columns supporting arched pediments, a heavy cornice decorated with modillions and dentils, and terra cotta floral garlands and bas-relief cherubs over a recessed central entrance. Twin winged victories rose above arched windows on the second story. The interior includes a large auditorium with a stage on the main floor, dressing rooms in he rear basement, and a four-room apartment and projection room in the front section of the second story.

The theatre owes its existence to Sims M. Duggins, an active businessman, promoter and owner of the Gunnison Co-op and other enterprises. The Duggins family managed the building until the mid-1930s and owned it until the 1940s. From 1936 to 1940, manager C. E. Huish made a number of changes to the building, including the name change from the Casino Theatre to the Star Theatre.

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The Oakley Church

The Oakley Town Hall once served as the place of worship for the local Latter-day Saints. In the summer of 1901, the Mormon community pulled together to raise the necessary money and build this chapel. Plays were performed, daughters and mothers made quilts for auction, and community dinners were cooked and served by those who, afterwards, paid to eat the meals. Locals built this brick structure between their daily chores. “All summer, what work was done on my farm was done before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. I was accustomed to hard work, but that was the hardest year of my life,” wrote church counselor John H. Seymour. Central heating was finally added to the building in the 1930s. Prior to that, a pot bellied stove in one corner provided ample hear for those sitting close by, but none whatsoever for those on the other side of the room. In the 1940s, an addition was built to provide a larger chapel and more classrooms; the old church became the recreation hall. By the 1970s, the community had grown too big for the small church and a new building was constructed in nearby Marion. Lawrence Wall bought this building and eventually rented it out as a home.

In the early 1980s, the town of Oakley, in need of a city hall, purchased the building and remodeled the interior. The exterior was stuccoed and the old roof replaced. The old bell tower was refurbished and encased in copper. An original bell from the Oakley school was donated to the city and now hangs in the tower.

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Ontario / Judge Mill and Mine

Ontario Mill

Here stood the huge 40-stamp Ontario mill, completed in 1877 at a cost of $325,000. At the time it was considered the largest and most modern mill in the country. It was located on the side of the mountain so that ore could be moved more easily through the mill using gravity. The forty 900-pound stamps made a deafening noise, sometimes operating 24 hours a day, pounding and crushing the ore. Three tall brick chimneys, spewing smoke, could be seen from as far away as Kimball Junction. The Great Depression of the 1920’s and 1930’s brought an end to the mill and it was demolished. The last to go was the largest smokestack, dynamited one dark night in 1949.

Judge Loading Station

At the turn of the century, a Union Pacific spur, called the High Line, was completed to this location. Processed ore from the Ontario and Daly milling operations could then be carried by rail to smelting facilities. In 1926, the Judge Mining and Smelting Co. completed an aerial tramway to carry processed ore from the Judge (Daly-Judge) mill in Empire Canyon to the rail spur. The four-story building in the photograph was constructed as a loading station for the aerial tramway. This building was demolished for safety reasons in 1976, after sitting idle for some 25 years. The tramway towers can still be seen on the hillsides between here and the remains of the Judge Mill in Empire Canyon.

Ontario Drain Tunnel No. 1

Completed in 1881, this is the first of several tunnels that were built to drain the tremendous flow of ground water from Park City’s mines. Early attempts to drain the mines with pumps were ineffective, but drain tunnels proved highly successful.

This tunnel drained the Ontario No. 3 Shaft workings at the 600-foot level, as well as several other nearby mines. It also provided transport for ore and equipment and allowed miners to live in town and travel to work through the tunnel. Later, as mines went deeper than their drain tunnels, great pumps, such as the famous Cornish pump at the Ontario No. 3 shaft, would be employed to drain their lower workings.

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Minnie Jo Seely

Minnie Josephine Seely
7/18/1924 ~ 11/16/2019

Minnie Josephine Seely, 95, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully, November 16, 2019, in the presence of loved ones. She was reunited with her eternal companion, Boyd Richard Seely. Minnie Jo was born July 18th, 1924, in Corsicana Navarro, Texas. She was the oldest of two children born to Wayne Brown and Ida Ethel Berry. Minnie Jo was known for her big expressive blue eyes that at times told a better story than any words. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to tell jokes. She saw the positive in every situation. She was an avid reader of the scriptures, and the gospel of Jesus Christ meant everything to her. Even at 95, she still ministered to her sisters. She loved poetry and memorized many poems that she shared with everyone around her. She loved Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and nobody but a fool would call during those episodes. She loved to play games, but all who played knew when you played a game with Minnie Jo, you followed her rules. Some of her talents she was best known for were cross-stitch, crocheting, and making rice bags. Minnie Jo is survived by her children, Wayne Seely, Sharon (Terry) Thompson, Linda (Tom) Motuapuaka, and Dean Seely, 16 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00, at the Mt. Pleasant 5th Ward (49 South State Street, Mt. Pleasant). A viewing will be held prior to the funeral, from 11:30 – 12:30. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. Online condolences at