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Seagull Monument - Temple Square - Salt Lake City, UT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 40° 46.185 W 111° 53.571
12T E 424649 N 4513581
Quick Description: A large monument, dedicated to seagulls.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2017 7:21:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMX5JW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
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Long Description:
Taken from Wikipedia, "The Seagull Monument is a small monument situated immediately in front of the Salt Lake Assembly Hall on Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Monument commemorates what some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS Church, see also "Mormons") call the Miracle of the Gulls. In 1848 the Mormon pioneers planted crops for their first spring season in Utah. As the crops ripened, Mormon crickets descended upon the farms from the foothills east of the valley. The insects consumed entire fields. According to traditional account, the harvest was saved by flocks of native seagulls which devoured the crickets. This event, popularly called the "Miracle of the Gulls", is remembered by Latter-day Saints as a miracle. The incident is somewhat controversial in nature with some historians questioning the credibility of the account.

To celebrate the role seagulls played in the pioneer's first year in Utah, the LDS Church erected Seagull Monument on their Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. The top of the monument is a bronze statue of two insect-devouring seagulls cast by sculptor Mahonri M. Young, who designed the monument. Young studied in France, and was grandson of LDS leader Brigham Young. The monument was dedicated October 1, 1913, by LDS Church president Joseph F. Smith. The Seagull Monument is believed to be the first monument dedicated to birds.

The California gull is now the Utah State bird."
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Temple Square

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Temple Sq. , Salt Lake City

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