Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"The Home"

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Salt Lake City

In 1889, in Salt Lake City, what became known as "the home" had its grand opening. What was "the home?"

a.      The predecessor to the Hotel Utah

b.      An asylum for polygamous Utah women to flee to

c.       New President of the Church, Wilford Woodruff’s residence

d.      Salt Lake City’s first night club

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Utah’s first mint

With gold dust coming in from California as tithing, in the spring of 1849 the First Presidency ordered minting equipment and supplies from the East. These arrived in September, and “coinage began” that month. The mint was a small adobe building that stood in the north side of South Temple Street, approximately where the Joseph Smith Memorial Building stands today. Under John Kay’s direction, the mint produced $2.50, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00 gold pieces.

History of the Saints, Harley, William G., ed. (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications, 2012), 171.

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