Friday, April 29, 2016

In Salt Lake City. Sunday April 24, 2016.

My sister Rana and I flew to Salt Lake City on a nearly empty plane Sunday morning. We signed up for this trip to search for our family roots with 9 others from the Downriver Genealogical Society.

We arrived at the hotel too early to register so we checked our luggage and went for a walk. Temple Square is right across the street from our hotel.  The Square is dominated by the Salt Lake Temple, built by Mormon pioneers between 1853 and 1893. It is not open to the public.

The Tabernacle (home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir) is near the Temple, and is open for tours and concerts. Its unusual shape is reminiscent of a ship's hull; it is constructed with no nails or rivets, just wooden pegs holding it together.

It was pretty quiet around here--stores and restaurants are closed on Sundays. We walked around town to decide where we'd like to eat and shop during the coming week. We walked by the Family History Library, where we will be spending most of our time this week. The library is adjacent to our hotel.

There is a log cabin between the library and a museum. It's hard to imagine entire families living in such close quarters!

We started out very early this morning and are dealing with a 2 hour time change, so after our walk we went to the restaurant attached to the hotel (just about the only place open!) for dinner and then retired to our room to get organized for tomorrow.

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