A History of the Logan Utah Temple


The Logan Utah Temple is the second operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On May 17, 1877, the building of the Logan Utah Temple was announced and the day before the site had been dedicated. Construction began soon thereafter. The site of the Logan Temple had been held in reserve for many years. It was used as a park and public grounds before being dedicated as the site for the temple.

A call was sent out for workers. Brigham Young asked that all of the people that worked on the temple volunteer their time or other aid. He encouraged the Saints to have the temple done in three and a half years. Roughly, 25,000 people worked on the temple. Rocks were hauled from Logan Canyon, mostly during winter because it was easier to haul the rocks by sleigh than on a wagon. As completion of the temple neared women in the area were asked to make carpet for the temple, because commercially made carpet could not be bought in Utah at that time. The women spent two months working to hand make two thousand square yards of carpet.

The Logan Utah Temple design, made by the Church’s head architect Truman O. Angell, had two towers and was based on the Salt Lake Temple, with a large assembly hall and other similar rooms. On May 17, 1884, the Logan Temple was dedicated. Unfortunately, not many years later in 1917 a fire destroyed much of the southeast stairway of the temple. Forty thousand dollars was spent to repair it in three months. In 1949 the temple was remodeled and received updated lighting, heat, air conditioning, elevators, and other modern conveniences.

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