The chapel at 355 E Center Street in Springville, Utah.
The site of the first Chapel in Lehi, Utah.
Site of the first meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lehi, Built in 1855. Replaced in 1972. Also used for civic meetings and upper rooms for school.
This marker commemorates the ancient, beloved old “Lehi Meeting House” built in 1855 that served the community and church for 96 years.
In 1855 Lehi Ward Bishop Evans announced plans to erect a new meeting
house to replace the old log one. The site for the new structure was the southwest
corner of present First South and Second West, then the center of Lehi’s fort. A
committee, including James Harwood as assessor and collector, was appointed
under the chairmanship of Daniel S. Thomas. A communitywide tax of $1.50
per $100 valuation was assessed. One dollar was to be paid in labor and 50c in
Some men worked off their labor assessment felling trees in West Canyon.
The saw timber was then taken to mills in alpine and processed into planks,
shingles, joists, pillars, and other needed lumber. Additional workers labored in
the limestone quarry at Zion’s Hill on the Lake Mountains. Hundreds of tons of
rock were required for the building’s massive sixtybyfortyfoot foundation.
Most men, however, worked in the adobe pits south of the present Lehi Roller
Mills where thousands of the sunbaked bricks were required for the
eighteeninch thick walls.
The construction of the Meeting House required five years. Everything
was made locally except the glass and hardware items, which were freighted from
the East. By the fall of 1855 the building was beginning to take form.
Although all men in the ward were required to work on the building, the
craftsmen who actually supervised the project included adobe makers William W.
Taylor, William B. Rigby, and Abel Evans; masons J. Wiley Norton and a Mr.
Howe; carpenters Thomas Ashton, Lorenzo Hatch, and Hyland D. Wilcox; and
plasterer William Clark.
The building was finally finished in the fall of 1860, though it was never
formally dedicated. The main entrance to the Meeting House fronted to the east
on Second West. Double doors opened into a twelvebyfortyfoot anteroom. A
stairwell to the gallery and the secondstory school and prayer room was in the
south end of the anteroom.
The auditorium was forty-eight by thirty-six feet. The ceiling and second
floor were supported by eight twentyfoot pillars which were arranged so that the
first two on the east supported the gallery and the last two on the west defined the
speakers stand and the pulpit.
A large potbellied stove provided the auditorium’s heat though,
unfortunately, only the immediate area surrounding the stove offered real warmth
in the dead of winter. This spot was reserved for the ward’s elderly women, their
personal rocking chairs arranged around the stove.
The building’s seating capacity was five hundred, including the gallery.
This “balcony,” as many church members called it, was primarily for the choir’s
use. Above the gallery and auditorium was a secondstory attic area which
contained two rooms. The largest was used for school until the 1863 completion
of the Southwest School (Thurman). It also served for a time as the city council
chamber. The smaller room was called the Quorum or Prayer Circle Room
because of the special Priesthood functions held there.
In 1903 when Lehi was divided into four ecclesiastical wards, the Meeting
House became the chapel of the new Lehi First Ward. In 1915 the old thurman
School, which stood just a few feet west of the Meeting House, was remodeled
into a ward amusement hall. The partition dividing the building into two rooms
was removed and a maple floor laid. A musician’s stand was erected in one end,
and the $600 project became a dance hall. From 1936 until 1949, major
renovations were made in the building. The old Meeting House was converted
into an amusement hall. The pillars, balcony, and partition wall near the front
entrance were removed and a stage was built on the west end. This remodeling
project combined the Meeting House and the historic Thurman School into a
single building. A new chapel was built to the south.
In 1972 the entire building, including the Meeting House was demolished.
A new $361,000 chapel was completed on this site. The following year the local
Sons of the Utah Pioneers, under the direction of Virgil Peterson, dedicated a
historical marker on the site of the original Meeting House.
First Presbyterian Church of American Fork – 75 North 100 East
In 1877 Reverend George R. Bird arrived to begin activities of the Presbyterian Church in American Fork. Work on this modified gothic revival church began in 1878. The cornerstone for the completed building was laid in September 1881 by Reverend Thomas F. Day. This building was used as both a church and a school until the school was closed in 1909. It has served as a Presbyterian Church continuiously since its construction. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places May 23, 1980.
The Alpine Stake Tabernacle or Alpine Tabernacle, located at 110 E. Main Street in American Fork, Utah, functions as a meeting place for large gatherings of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Northern Utah County for worship services. The building is part of the American Fork Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
First Latter-day Saint Chapel in Phoenix
The first meetinghouse in Phoenix for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) was built on this site by the three-hundred-member congregation of the Phoenix Ward. At the time, J. Robert Price was bishop.
Since their beginning in 1912 with nine members, the Latter-day Saints in Phoenix had met in four different locations – – the Knights of Pythias Hall at 23 East Washington Street, a laundry at 534 West Washington Street, an old Spanish-style building at 121 South First Avenue, and a room over a bicycle shop at 237 North Fifth Street. They purchased this area on the eastern edge of Phoenix’s original city plat and built their first chapel 1918-1919.
The handsome meetinghouse – – designed by Pop and Burton, Architects, of Salt Lake City – – was an early example of the influence Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture had in the Southwest. The Latter-day Saints worshipped here for nearly thirty years. Phoenix used it as a community center, and weekly businessmen’s luncheons and youth dances were held in the building.
By 1923, a thriving congregation (ward) of 730 made it necessary to expand the building; after further expansion in 1926, the meetinghouse filled this plaza area. Other wards were organized and more chapels were built, but the Phoenix First Ward continued to meet here until 1948, and Brill was completed. The building on this site was sold to another church and eventually demolished in 1969.
Bishop J. Robert Price, 1918-1926
Bishop George F. Price, 1926-1928
Bishop John H Udall, 1928-1938
Bishop Arch B. Campbell, 1938-1950
Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt River Chapter and Historic Arts and Sites Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Plaque located in Heritage Square.
See other historic markers in the series on this page for SUP Markers.
Grafton is a ghost town, just south of Zion National Park in Washington County. It is said to be the most photographed ghost town in the West and it has been featured as a location in several films, including 1929’s In Old Arizona—the first talkie filmed outdoors—and the classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The nearest inhabited town is Rockville.
The site was first settled in December 1859 as part of a southern Utah cotton-growing project ordered by Brigham Young. A group from Virgin led by Nathan Tenney established a new settlement they called Wheeler. Wheeler didn’t last long; it was largely destroyed on the night of January 8, 1862 by a weeks-long flood of the Virgin River, part of the Great Flood of 1862. The rebuilt town, about a mile upriver, was named New Grafton, after Grafton, Massachusetts.(*)
The town grew quickly in its first few years. There were some 28 families by 1864, each farming about an acre of land. The community also dug irrigation canals and planted orchards, some of which still exist. Grafton was briefly the county seat of Kane County, from January 1866 to January 12, 1867, but changes to county boundaries in 1882 placed it in Washington County.
Flooding was not the only major problem. One particular challenge to farming was the large amounts of silt in Grafton’s section of the Virgin River. Residents had to dredge out clogged irrigation ditches at least weekly, much more often than in most other settlements. Grafton was also relatively isolated from neighboring towns, being the only community in the area located on the south bank of the river. In 1866, when the outbreak of the Black Hawk War caused widespread fear of Indian attacks, the town was completely evacuated to Rockville.
Continued severe flooding discouraged resettlement, and most of the population moved permanently to more accessible locations on the other side of the river. By 1890 only four families remained. The end of the town is usually traced to 1921, when the local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was discontinued. The last residents left Grafton in 1944.
Archbishop Joseph S. Alemany of the Diocese of San Francisco asked Father Lawrence Scanlan to settle in the mining town of Silver Reef and minister to the miners and their families. Father Denis Kiely arrived in Utah in 1874 and assisted Father Scanlan in Silver Reef. Fathers Henry T. Hyde, P. O’Conner, and P. Galligan also also served the people in Silver Reef from 1880 to 1882.
In 1879, Father Scanlan established the St. John’s Catholic Church, the Silver Reef Hospital, and St. Mary’s School in Silver Reef.
When the church was first constructed, it didn’t have a tower. But Father Hyde collected money and eventually the tower was erected and a 400 lb bell was installed.
St. John’s Church was closed in 1885.
In 1895, William Stirling purchased and moved the vacant St. John’s Catholic Church from Silver Reef to Leeds. He converted the building into the Leeds Social Hall or “Old Stirling Hall.”
This lovely Old Church, built in 1929, is located in Joseph, Utah and has been meticulously remodeled to ensure that you and your group have a wonderful time.
This building once was an LDS Church and then used as a city office building. Now the Old Church offers the ultimate getaway for family reunions, corporate retreats, business meetings, weddings, group gatherings, and more!
This Bell is mounted on top of a brick monument in front of the Old Church Vacation Rental.
Little Church of the West is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Built of California redwood, it was intended to be a replica of a typical pioneer town church. It is the oldest building on the Strip.
The Little Church of the West opened its doors in 1942 on what would become The Strip. The chapel was originally built as part of the Hotel Last Frontier complex on the Las Vegas Strip. The chapel was moved from the north side of the hotel to the south side in 1954. In 1979, to make way for the Fashion Show Mall, the chapel was moved onto the grounds of the Hacienda. In 1996, when the Hacienda was closed and demolished, the chapel moved again to its current location on the east side of the strip south of the Mandalay Bay.
The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1992.
In 2012, the Little Church of the West celebrated its 70th anniversary and remains the oldest chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.