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An Edward Martin Photograph of the Construction of the Great Tabernacle

Author Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Author Ronald L. Fox,

This article presents a historic photograph of the Salt Lake Tabernacle under construction in early 1866. The photograph was taken by Edward Martin, an Englishman who emigrated to Nauvoo, served in the Mormon Battalion, returned to England on a mission, and came back to Utah leading a handcart pioneer company that became stranded in snow. In Salt Lake City, Martin became a photographer specializing in portraits but he also took several photos of the city. This photo gives a unique view of the scaffolding used to hold the roof trusses in place. It also shows the wall around the Temple Block and houses on surrounding hills.

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