Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt Houses

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Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt Houses

Residential block in pioneer times.

The brothers Parley P. Pratt and Orson Pratt, two of Mormonism’s early apostles and leading scholars, received adjacent lots on this corner in 1847 where they built houses for their families.  Their homes, with their accompanying gardens and orchards, were among the many that originally surrounded Temple Square.  In fact, nearly all of this block was primarily residential during the early years of settlement, but soon gave way to the development of a business district.

Parley’s house was demolished for a commercial building about 1890, while Orson’s house was converted into a store and was the last surviving residence on the block until removed for the Temple Square Hotel in 1929.  The 2008-2011 construction of Promontory on South Temple brings this corner full circle to its original  residential use.

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Old Mormon Cemetery


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Old Mormon Cemetery


“The Old Mormon Chapel”

First Latter-Day Saint Building erected in Northeast Mississippi.

Dedicated December 3rd, 1936 by Apostle Reed Smoot, accompanied by Elder LeGrand Richards – Southern States Mission President.   First Booneville Branch Convert, John Ashcraft – Baptized April 18, 1896.


Branch Leaders:

  • Bruce Stephenson, B.P.
  • W. Ophas Floyd, B.P.
  • Rocky Lee Floyd, A.B.P.
  • Hyrum Winterton, A.B.P.
  • Luther F. McKissack, B.P.
  • Oscar Weatherbee, B.P.
  • J.C. Morris, B.P.
  • Luther F. McKissack, B.P.

Services moved to new building on George E. Allen Drive, Boonville, MS. in the fall of 1968.


Swede Town Church


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I don’t know what to call this church but it is across the street from Swede Town Park so I’ll call it that while I try to research it.  All I can find so far is that in 2017 a man being chased by police barricaded himself inside it and got stuck and called the police for help.

It looks very cool and historic and I’ll be looking for info.

852 West 1500 North, Salt Lake City

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Jesse W Prothero House

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Jesse W Prothero House

This Art Moderne home, one of the few in Provo and even in the state of Utah, was built in 1940. It is without a doubt the most handsome and sophisticated of its type in Provo. This one and a half story house has the cubic, irregular massing, flat roofs, and unadorned concrete surfaces characteristic of the Art Moderne style.

The top story is recessed back from the first story and a window and door lead out onto the flat roof. Handsome concrete chimneys frame this block. On the first story, a central entrance with rounded edges projects outward and has a recessed doorway. Distinguishing this house are the large corner casement windows

The original owner, Jesse W Prothero, was born in Provo in 1882. He worked for the Provo Woolen Mills for eight years and later ran his own concrete company from the home. He married Lillie May Harrison in 1906. Their son, J. Walter Prothero was a subsequent owner of the house.

J. Walter Prothero served in Provo City government for twenty-six years in the water department and as City treasurer and as purchasing agent. He was born in 1908. He married Merlyn Hall in 1936 and they had two children. He died in 1963 and his widow continued to live in the house until 1978.

Located at 330 South 400 West in Provo, Utah

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