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The Block U is a large concrete hillside letter on Mount Van Cott in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stylized “U” is a logo of the University of Utah and is located just north of the university’s campus. It is one of the earliest hillside letters. It sits at 5,249 feet above sea level. Lights outlining the Block U flash when athletic teams from the University of Utah win and burn steady when they are defeated.

The official name is the “Block U” and is a registered trademark of the University of Utah.

The history of the Block U begins at the turn of the twentieth century. Each year, as an unofficial activity, students of the University of Utah would climb “The Hill” (Mount Van Cott) and paint their class year on the mountainside. The administration felt that something more permanent was needed. In 1907 the block U was built with limestone. The U is over 100 feet tall and has a surface area of over 45,000 square feet. It can be seen from many different areas of the Salt Lake Valley. It was later modified in 1967 to include 124 lights. By 2001 the Block U had fallen into a constant state of disrepair. Despite several attempted maintenance by students it was not sustainable without a more thorough renovation.

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Hillside Letters

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Hillside Letters

From Wikipedia: 

Hillside letters or mountain monograms are a form of geoglyph (more specifically hill figures) common in the American West, consisting of large single letters, abbreviations, or messages emblazoned on hillsides, typically created and maintained by schools or towns. There are approximately 500 of these geoglyphs, ranging in size from a few feet to hundreds of feet tall. They form an important part of the western cultural landscape, where they function as symbols of school pride and civic identity, similar to water towers and town slogans on highway “welcome to” signs in other regions.
Growing up in Utah the hillside letters were very common, I decided to start another list here for the letters I come across.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church


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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Utah Historic Site

Replaced the First Greek Church in Utah, consecrated in 1905. Designed in the Byzantine tradition, its construction began in July 1923 and was completed in August 1924. Surrounding the church were once many immigrant neighborhoods dependent on the railroads and mines. The church remains a symbol of early Greek life in Utah.

See also: Site of the First Greek Orthodox Church in Utah

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Next to family and life itself, the Greek immigrant loved the Greek Orthodox Faith. The discovery of copper in 1903 in Bingham Canyon, coal mines of Carbon-Emery counties and railroad construction, brough a major influx of Greek immigrants to Utah. Despite barriers in their new land, Greek immigrants began to make plans for the formation of a Greek Orthodox Church and Community. The immigrants displayed extraordinary zeal, dedication and leadership in organizing the first Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City. On January 22, 1905 about 200 young Greek men met at the Odd Fellows Building in Salt Lake City for the purpose of organizing the GREEK COMMUNITY OF UTAH. Location of the new church was on Fourth South between the present Fourth and Fifth West Streets. In april (sic) 1905, Archimandrite Parthenios Lymberopolous, arrived in Salt Lake City as the first Greek Orthodox Priest sent from the Holy Synod of Greece. The first Liturgy was held on October 29, 1905. The 1905 Board of Trustees of the Greek Community of Utah included Nicholas P. Stathakos, president; Stravros G. Skliris, vice president; Anastasosios Pappas, secretary; George Christophylou, treasurer; and Trustees George Demetrakopoulous, Michael Litrivas, George Macherias, Konstantinos Papaioannou, Andreas Papanikolaou, George Soteropoulos, Gregory Soteropoulos and Stelios Theoharis. Having outgrown its facilities, after World War I the Greek Community made plans for the construction of the second Holy Trinity Church. This was built on its present site, Third West and Third South. Actual construction of Holy Trinity began in July 1923. The first Liturgy was held on August 15, 1924. Construction cost was approximately $150,000. The Holy Trinity Church of Salt Lake City has served as the “Mother Church” for other Greek Orthodox churches in Utah, including the Assumption Church of Price, the Transfiguration Church in Ogden, and the Prophet Elias Church in Salt Lake City. The plaque is dedicated especially to all those Greek immigrants and clergy who contributed time, effort, money and services to create Greek Orthodox Churches in Utah and whose example of service, vision, faith and leadership provides guidance and inspiration for all of us to follow. *MAY THE MEMORY OF ALL OUR FOREFATHERS BE ETERNAL* AIONIA H MNH AYTON P


172 Miners were killed instantly, 49 of the miners who lost their lives were Greeks, 48 of the miners were from the Island of Crete. Andreadakis, Steve…….. list of names ….Zanis, Mike