Palm Park in Redwood City, CA.
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.
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.
Several Brick Manufacturing Companies Once Operated in Provo
Colonists erected the first adobe homes in Provo in 1851. As time passed, builders yearned for a more durable brick. In 1864, Philander Colton manufactured the first kiln of fired brick, and brick gradually replaced adobe as the building material of choice.
Ten years later, in 1874, William Allen purchased an acre of land, erected two mills to grind and mix materials, hired ten men, and went into the brick manufacturing business on a large scale. Others, including John Beesley, Nels Tiffany, Halma Smith, George Jacques, and William D. Roberts, soon followed his example.
Thomas Cook was one of Provo’s most important brick manufacturers of the 1880s. Cook moved his brick works as he used up the clay. All three of his brick plants lay along the road between Provo and Springville. Cook and his various partners furnished bricks for the main building at the Utah State Hospital, the Provo Tabernacle, the Old Utah County Courthouse, the smokestack of the Provo Woolen Mills, and many of the city’s older brick homes.
Cook, Liddiard & Company made travel on the Springville road dangerous in 1889 when it set up a steam powered engine for mechanically pressing brick right next to the much-traveled thoroughfare. The machine spooked most of the horses that went past it.
After a runaway in which an elderly woman and her son were thrown from their carriage when the machine caused the horse to stampede, the public lodged a growing number of complaints. Cook & Liddiard built a tall board fence around the brick press. This screened the machine from the view of the horses. Safe travel resumed.
In 1903, six Provo men incorporated the Provo Pressed Brick Company which leased land north of Provo and built a modern, water powered plant near the railroad tracks that once ran up 200 West. This company operated well into the 20th century.
Utah Territory’s Deseret Telegraph Line Connected Provo to the Rest of Utah.
In October 1861, two companies–one working from the east and one working from the west– met in Salt Lake City and completed the transcontinental telegraph line. This line brought national news to Salt Lake City, but since the wires ran basically east and west and almost all of Utah’s settlements ran north and south, the telegraph did little to spread news throughout Utah Territory.
The very day telegraphers sent the first official message over the transcontinental line, Brigham Young called advisors into his office and began planning a telegraph line that would run north and south and connect Mormon settlements with Salt Lake City. The line would make it faster and easier to conduct church, government, and business activities in the territory.
Unfortunately, the Civil War delayed construction of the line until 1867 when Mormon leaders, including Provo’s William Miller, organized the Deseret Telegraph Company. Mormon men, who had gained experience providing poles for the transcontinental telegraph and helping erect them, now went to work building their own line.
Local communities like Provo were responsible for financing the lines running through their town and halfway to the next community. Provo was also responsible for financing a portion of the line running from Santaquin to Scipio. Church leaders asked for contributions and Provo’s city council used the heavy license fees that it charged liquor merchants to help pay for the line.
Provo’s telegraph office was located in a barn behind William Miller’s house which once stood just across the street south of the Provo City Center Temple. Brigham Young later bought the property and one of Young’s wives lived in the house. Provo’s wards had to pay the telegraphers, many of whom were women. The Deseret Telegraph Company continued to operate in Provo until the Western Union Company purchased the line in 1900.
Provo’s Two Oldest Existing Homes Are Neighbors in Pioneer Village.
Two pioneer neighbors, John W. Turner’s log cabin and James W. Loveless’ adobe home, stand near each other in Provo’s Pioneer Village in North Park, which was once the site of Provo’s second fort, Fort Provo.
The two homes offer a fine example of an architectural change that was taking place in Provo in the early 1850s. Builders were switching from using logs as a building materiel to using sun dried brick called adobe.
John W. turner helped settle Provo in 1849. In 1853, men hauled logs to the settlement from the Wasatch Mountain, and Turner built a small log cabin for his young bride. It stood on what is now the southeast corner of the intersection of 100 West and 100 North. The couple’s first child was born in this cabin, but the family soon moved. At least two other inhabitants lived in the structure after the Turners left.
Eventually the Collins family moved the cabin to 700 West between 100 and 200 North, where it was often used as a schoolhouse. In 1931, Provo City gave David H. Loveless, an artifact collector and member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, permission to create a pioneer village in North Park. He bought the Turner cabin and moved it to the park as a part of the original village.
James W. Loveless and his family settled in Provo in 1851, and he built a one-room adobe house near the corner of 900 West and 600 South. Because of the Walker War, he moved inside what would soon become Provo’s third fort and built a two-room adobe at what is now 677 West 200 South. While Loveless, who was the father of David Loveless, lived in this small house, he married two additional wives.
James moved to a larger house in 1861. The small adobe house miraculously survived on its original lot until 2014 when the Sons of Utah Pioneers moved it to their Pioneer Village. The little log cabin and the small adobe home can now be seen free of charge in Provo’s North Park.