The approximate cost to construct the Nauvoo Temple was one million dollars. According to Orson Hyde, what was the Church offered to sell the temple shortly prior to their exodus from Nauvoo?
b. A trade for land in the Salt Lake Valley
c. A trade for land in Winter Quarters
d. State protection to allow the Saints to leave Nauvoo in safety
C) Steel from the destroyed U.S. army wagons
Brigham Young understood the need for a larger theater in Salt Lake City. On July 1, 1861 ground was broken and work began on its construction. There were a number of obstacles to overcome, the most urgent being the lack of iron to construct the theater.
Being the resourceful individual that he was noted for, Brigham Young came to the rescue when he remembered that during the Utah War (Buchanan’s Blunder and Johnston’s Army) many of the government wagons had been destroyed on the Wyoming plains. He sent teams out to collect all the metal from the destroyed Army equipment. It was this steel that was used in the construction of the theater.
Chronicles of Courage, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (Salt Lake City; Utah Printing Company, 1990) 1:179.