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Photographs of the Dedication of Pioneer Square in Salt Lake City, July 25, 1898

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Photographs of the Dedication of Pioneer Square in Salt Lake City, July 25, 1898

Author Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Author Ronald L. Fox,

In 1898, government officials in Salt Lake City decided to have a dedication ceremony for a city park on Pioneer Day. The park was the site of the first settlement of Mormon pioneers in 1847. The ceremony was held on July 25, 1898, and dignitaries such as leaders of churches and cities were invited to participate. This article presents photos of the event, specifically of Wilford Woodruff, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking, and of a group of girls at the celebration. The event was an amiable moment in an era in which religious leaders were often at conflict with each other.

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