LDS Church History Site of the Week – Logan Temple

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Site of the Week - LDS Church History Tour | 0 comments

On 17 September 1877, the corner stones of the Logan Temple were laid.  Here are some Temple Facts for this site of the week.

  • The Logan Utah Temple was the second temple built in Utah.
  • The Logan Utah Temple was the only temple dedicated by President John Taylor.
  • The five-story Logan Utah Temple was built entirely by volunteer labor over a seven-year period from 1877 to 1884.
  • The exterior walls of the Logan Utah Temple were originally painted an off-white color to hide the dark, rough-hewn limestone. In the early 1900s, however, the paint was allowed to weather away, uncovering the beautiful stone that characterizes the temple today.
  • On the evening of December 4, 1917, fire broke out in the Logan Utah Temple, engulfing the southeast staircase, destroying several windows and paintings, and causing extensive smoke and water damage. The origin of the fire was discovered to be electrical wiring.
  • The Logan Utah Temple was flood lighted at night for the first time during the month of May 1934 as part of the temple’s Golden Jubilee celebration. Everyone entering the valley was astonished by the brilliant spectacle. Thirteen years would pass before the temple was lit again on the temple’s 63rd anniversary—this time with an elaborate permanent system.
  • The Logan Utah Temple is the only temple to be completely gutted and rebuilt inside. The two-year project replaced the progressive-style ordinance rooms with motion-picture ordinance rooms. President Spencer W. Kimball, who rededicated the completed temple in 1979, regretted the need to reconstruct the interior because of the loss of pioneer craftsmanship.

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