Some time ago I moved near the Salt Lake City Cemetery. As it lies between my home and my job, I walk past it frequently. And as a Mormon, I was already familiar with the cemetery as many of the past leaders of my faith are buried there.
Earlier this year, I was walking past it when what can be best described as a 'star map' of the cemetery blew across the ground and landed at my feet. This map had remained practically unchanged from when I had first seen it as a high-schooler. In 20 years, the same map has been in circulation with just a few new names penciled in. I started to wonder if there was a better way.
It is the purpose of this blog to provide a more comprehensive look at some of the more interesting residents of the SLC Cemetery. This blog will not only focus on the Prophets and Presidents of the LDS Church and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve that are buried there, but others of interest as well. Architects, authors, songwriters amd composers, Govenors, mayors and senators, pioneers, educators and physicians will all be profiled. In addition to a biographical sketch, this blog will feature, when available, pictures of the profiled, a photo of their headstone and directions to the gravesite. If I can master the technology, I'll provide GPS coordinates as well. I will also be providing new maps as well.
Note that this blog is for informational purposes only and is not for profit. It is the intent of this blog to honor the lives of those that lived with and served with my ancestors. Please make any visits to the cemetery as a respectful pilgrimage to honor the dead.
If you have any information to contribute or would like to see someone profiled on this blog, please feel free to contact me.
That said, I hope you visit often and learn about all those that came before.
As a starter, here is the original map that started this whole mess.