Why did the Salt Lake Temple take so many years to build? What was the bottleneck? The issue lay in the speed it took to get the stone from the quarry site to the temple. The stone couldn’t be provided for fast enough. In fact, my great-grandfather, Byron Barker, hauled stone for the temple. Before the railroad came, what was the resolution to speed up this process?
a. Build a canal and float the stone on barges
b. Expand the BY express company
c. The pony express
d. Switch the material to sandstone
(B) Lucy Mack Smith
In 1831 Lucy Mack Smith (Mother to the Prophet Joseph Smith) traveled to Michigan to visit the family of her brother, Colonel Stephen Mack, founder of Pontiac, Michigan. Stephen Mack, the owner of a mercantile establishment in Detroit, built a turnpike from Detroit to his farm in Pontiac at his own expense. That same road now runs in front of the temple (Detroit Temple) and is known today as Woodward Avenue.
Chad S. Hawkins, The First One Hundred Temples (Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2001), pg. 173.