Late in the Autumn of 1897, a lone seagull flew south from the shores of Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. It landed on this shoreline. The majestic white feathered bird carried in it’s mouth a large cricket. A wondering fisherman by the name of William James Camp spotted the lonely fowl and named his favorite fishing hole Lake Cricket. Although not identified on any known map, this secret fishery remained a pioneer favorite for many years.
This beautiful lake was nearly wiped out during the industrial revolution. Richard Jay Bona, a committed conservationist, discovered the forgotten lake and dedicated his life to it’s preservation. Saved and restored nearly 100 years ago to the day when a lonely seagull was seen regurgitating the last known cricket to die from the now famous Mormon cricket infestation.
Temple Square Hotel
The Temple Square Hotel, once located on this corner, opened to much fanfare in 1930. Designed by the firm of Ashton and Evans, the hotel was one of the finest in the city, featuring a private bath and built in radio in every room. A more intimate setting than the grand Hotel Utah up the street, it marked the city’s growth as a regional business center.
For decades, the Temple Square Hotel was a particularly popular venue for wedding celebrations. The hotel was renovated and renamed the Inn at Temple Square in 1990 and then demolished in 2006 to make way for the Promontory on South Temple.