William H. Ray House


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The William H. Ray House, located at 415 South University Ave in Provo, Utah.  For other historic homes in Provo visit this page.

The William H. Ray House, built c. 1898, is historically significant for its association with William H. Ray, an important turn-of-the-century entrepreneur in Provo.  He was a financier, banker, broker, and mayor of Provo.  The Ray House, which was probably designed by Richard C. Watkins, a prominent Utah architect, is architecturally significant as the most distinctive Provo example of the influence of the Romanesque Revival style on residential design.

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Fred J. Moore House


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The Fred J. Moore House in Provo, Utah.  For other historic homes in Provo visit this page.

73 North 500 East, Provo, Utah

Featuring a bellcast gambrel roof, this house is perhaps the best example of the Dutch revival style in Provo.  Some research indicates that the home was constructed in 1907 by Fred J. Moore, who was a manager of the Roberts Buffet in the Hotel Roberts and later, a duggist.  Other research suggests that the home was constructed by Russell Rice in 1894.  Edwin R. Firmage, owner of Firage’s Department store at Center Street and 100 West, owned this home from 1938 to 1948.

The Dutch Colonial style in the U.S. was used on homes in New England beginning in about 1625, continuing until 1840.  Between 1890 and 1940, the style was reintroduced as part of a broader Colonial Revival.  Within Utah, gambrel roof designs became especially popular in Salt Lake City.  House plan books like Radford’s Bungalows, which were in common use around united States during the early twentieth century, were responsible for spreading the style throughout American neighborhoods.  This home is similar to Radford‘s Design No. 2121-B.

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Lawrence Bean House


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The Lawrence Bean House in Provo, Utah.  For other historic homes in Provo visit this page.

Located at 55 North 500 East.

Built circa 1911, this yellow pressed brick, single story bungalow is noteworthy for its eclectic combination of styles.  The design of this home is unique since few houses in Utah combine elements of the Dutch Colonial Revival such as the gambrel roof, with Arts and Crafts details like the exposed cross braces of the porch columns.  At the time this home was built, the bungalow was America’s most popular house type, with wide overhanging eaves, projecting bays on the main floor, broad front porches and dormers in the slope of the roof, often facing the street.  This particular home demonstrates all of those features.

The original owners of this home were Lawrence L. and Mary Elizabeth Jones Bean.  Lawrence Bean was among the first generation of Provo residents to be born in the city, his parents and grandparents having been prominent among the pioneers who settled Provo in 1849.  The first major irrigation ditch in Provo was called the “Bean Ditch” after this family whose members helped to dig it.

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As I’ve explored I’ve seen some Gold Medal Mile walking paths, also called Legacy Gold Medal Miles.  The State Health Department put them out along with the Olympics being in town to promote more exercise.

Here’s an article about it: 30 towns set ‘Medal Mile’ sites.

I’ll put a list here to link to some I come across.



  • Bear Lake Scenic Park (Starts at city park on Highway 30)
  • Mack Park (Smithfield)
  • Logan River Trail (Logan)
  • Rees Pioneer Park (800 W. Forest St, Brigham City)
  • Union Station (25th & Wall Ave, Ogden)
  • Learning Park (1750 Manroe Blvd., Ogden)
  • Weber State University (Lindquist Plaza by the pond)
  • McKay Dee Hospital
  • Newgate Mall (3651 Wall Ave, Ogden)
  • Riverdale City Park (4360 Parker Dr, Riverdale)
  • Powerline Park (1720 W 1800 N, Clinton)
  • Steed Park (300 N 1000 W, Behind Hold Elemetary, Clearfield)
  • Ellison Park (2200 W West Hillfield Road, Layton)
  • East Mountain Wilderness Park (Kaysville)
  • Centerville Community Park
  • Cannon Health Building (288 N 1460 W, SLC)
  • Gallivan Plaza (239 S Main, SLC)
  • Tanner Plaza between Union and Student Services
  • University of Utah West (The plaza at Skaggs Hall)
  • Liberty Park (SLC)
  • Workmen Park (SLC)
  • Centennial Park at West Valley Family Fitness Center (3100 S 5400 W)
  • Valley Fair Mall (3601 S 2700 W)
  • Holladay Civic Plaza (4707 S Holladay Blvd)
  • Oquirrh Park (5624 S 4800 W)
  • Winchester Park on Jordan River Parkway (6400 S 1100 W)
  • Jordan River Parkway (7800 S going west)
  • Jordan River Parkway (7800 S going east)
  • Lone Peak Park (10140 S 700 E)
  • Grantsville High School
  • Smelter Road (Tooele)
  • Settlement Canyon (Tooele)
  • Utah Olympic Park (Snyderville)
  • Farm Trail (3000 Highway 224, Park City)
  • Rock Cliff State Park
  • Midway Lane (100 S 1200 W, Heber)
  • Pioneer Park (500 E 150 S, Lindon)
  • Riverview Park (Provo)
  • Carterville Park (Provo)
  • Rock Canyon Park (Provo)
  • BYU Campus
  • Dry Creek Park (1254 S Main, Payson)
  • Legacy Park (500 N 800 W, Vernal)
  • Price River Parkway (150 S 100 W, Helper)
  • Richfield Pool (500 N 600 W)
  • Mill Creek Parkway (Rotary Park on Mill Creek Dr, Moab)
  • Coal Creek (200 N 250 E, Cedar City)
  • Convergence Trail Head (South of conference center, St George)
  • Pending (St George)
  • Nisson Park (Washington)

Brigham Young Statue


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Brigham Young Statue, located at the Utah State Capitol Building and on the SUP Marker List.


When he died August 29, 1877, Brigham Young was the leader of a Commonwealth centered in Salt Lake City, Utah of 350 towns and cities in what had been a desert thirty years before. He was loved and sustained as a prophet by more than 100,000 members of the Latter-day Saints Church founded only 47 years before. He later came to be called the greatest colonizer of the American West, “the American Moses”. Born June 1, 1801, in Whittingham, Vermont, and raised on a series of frontier homesteads in western New York, Brigham Young had little formal schooling. He educated himself and became a skilled and respected carpenter, cabinate maker and glazier in Albany, and then Mendon, New York. In 1830 he read the Book of Mormon just after it was published in nearby Palmyra, New York. After two years of careful investigation he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and devoted himself to missionary work and loyal support of its founder, Joseph Smith. In 1835 he was chosen as one of Church’s first group of twelve apostles and was sent on many missions, including a year (1840) in Great Britain, where he supervised successful preaching and church organization and then emigration of converts to America. After Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Illinois in 1844, Brigham Young led the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in the great exodus to Utah. He is best known as an energetic and judicious leader, who was President of the Church for nearly 30 years; Governor of the Utah Territory and Superintendent of Indian Affairs from 1851-1857; a builder of railroads, theaters, temples and industries. He was also a powerful and witty orator and a deeply spiritual man who said he saw the Salt Lake Valley in a vision before he was able to announce, “this is the right place.” Brigham Young always fostered education–encouraging learning societies in schools in pioneer Utah, and in 1875, founded the academy that became Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He wrote, “education is the power to think clearly, to act well in the day’s work, and to appreciate life.”

Plaque B: (East side) 1801 Brigham Young’s autograph 1877

Plaque C: (Back side) BRIGHAM YOUNG STATUE COMMISSION In 1992, the Utah State Legislature and governor concurred in a resolution urging that a statue of Brigham Young be placed in the Utah State Capitol. Eighteen commission members were appointed by the governor to carry out the project. The commission began work in September of 1992, eager to insure that this statue capture the greatness, energy, drive and dedication of the man who led the Mormon pioneers to this valley and organized the settling of the intermountain west. The commission voted unanimously to approve the model submitted by Utah sculpture Kraig Varner. All agreed that it reflected the strenghth, determination, and extraordinary vision of Brigham Young. Commission members served on a volunteer basis, giving freely of themselves and their time. They felt honored to work on a project bringing additional recognition to this central figure of Utah history. Brigham Young Statue Commission: Donald R. LaBaron, Chairman 1992-94…(list of names) July 25, 1994


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Choosing the Site of Provo’s First Tabernacle Caused Some Controversy


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Choosing the Site of Provo’s First Tabernacle Caused Some Controversy.

Provo constructed its first tabernacle on the northeast quarter of the block fronting on Center Street and University Avenue. Selecting its site caused a fair amount of controversy.

When Brigham Young visited Utah Valley for the first time in September, 1849, the settlers lived in Fort Utah located where I-15 crosses the Provo River today. Young explored the vast area easy of the fort and selected a site for the central square and tabernacle.

After the settlers began to leave Fort Utah in 1850, they established Fort Provo, where North Park is located today. In spite of President Young’s wishes they located their townsite five blocks west of the site Young selected. In 1852, George A. Smith selected a site for the first tabernacle on the town square, today’s Pioneer Park. Church leaders dedicated the land and broke the ground for a building designed by LDS Church architect, Truman O. Angel, who had designed the Salt Lake Temple.

Men dig a large hole, hauled in some rock for the basement wall–and then the work ended. During a special conference held in Provo in July, 1855, Brigham Young relocated the site he had selected for the tabernacle in 1849, and Heber C. Kimball ordered the congregation to fill the first hole on the public square and go to work on the new site five blocks to the east. The tabernacle was finally dedicated on August 24, 1867. After a half century of use, it was demolished during the winter of 1918/1919.

Archaeologists excavated the site of the old tabernacle and located it’s rock foundation in 2012 during construction for the Provo City Center Temple.

This marker is located in Rock Canyon Park in Provo, for other markers in this series click here.

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Provo’s First Bank was Late in Coming but Didn’t Last Long


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Provo’s First Bank was Late in Coming but Didn’t Last Long.

Because of cheap land, small farms and a general scarcity of money, there was little need for banks in early Provo.  When the city’s economy showed signs of rapid growth in the early 1880, Salt Lake City and local investors joined together and formed the First National Bank of Provo with a capital stick of $50,000.

Abraham O. Smoot served as its first president, and William H. Dusenberry became the cashier.  The new bank opened April 3, 1882, in the county recorders office, where it did business for a year and a half.  Late in 1883, the bank moved its operations into its nearly completed building on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Center Street.

The bank’s new, two-story, brick building sat on a full basement.  Business offices occupied the top story, and the bank and a mercantile establishment opened on the street level.  For a short period of time in 1883 and 1884, after the original Brigham Young Academy Building on Center Street burned, students met in the bank building’s second-floor offices.

The bank flourished during the boom period of the 1880s, but it was forced to close its doors during the nationwide depression if 1893.  The bank went into the hands of a federal bank examiner.  Depositors eventually received all of their money back after the Provo Commercial & Savings Bank bought the First National Bank of Provo.

Commercial Bank remodeled the building in 1900 and changed its outside appearance almost completely.  The refurbished building sported a tower to match the one on the new Knight Building across the street to the east.  Together, the two buildings made a welcoming gateway into downtown Provo.  They still do.

This marker is located in Rock Canyon Park in Provo, for other markers in this series click here.

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