Local Geography and History Field Trip – One

We took a field trip yesterday in conjunction with Teal’s Local Geography and History block.  We began at Temple Square in Salt Lake to discuss how the Mormon settlers had laid the city out in square blocks after determining the central block for the temple.


We toured the Beehive House where the first Territorial Governor of Utah, Brigham Young, lived.  We had a snack next door at the Lion House which has 20 gables.

We went to the Church History Museum and saw a log cabin that had been built the first year the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley.


Inside the museum was a wonderful exhibit on the Pioneer migration to Utah.  It had a nice large map showing the route they traveled, an interactive video and map presentation to show how cities and towns had been colonized in Utah, and a large diorama of what Salt Lake City looked like in the early days.  It also had a covered wagon and lots of examples of what the pioneers brought with them on their trek.

We took a detour from school to check out the new City Creek Mall and have Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  (We miss having Chick-Fil-A nearby since moving from Georgia!) On our way to the mall, we passed the statue of the Native American, Mountain Man, and Pioneer on the intersection of South Temple and Main Streets.  It was a nice visual tying in the things we have studied.

Wigeon was a trooper and didn’t mind being the in back carrier all morning.  I snapped this picture over my shoulder after she had fallen asleep.  (The strap is not pressing against her nose.  That’s an optical illusion.)


When we could walk no longer, we drove to the mouth of Emigration Canyon to see where the Pioneers had entered the valley.

We had a terrific time, but were left with aching legs that evening!  Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Local Geography and History Field Trip – One

  1. Sara

    They look like they had a lot of fun! I’m enjoying your pictures. I miss Utah so much. I remember how beautiful Temple Square looks in the spring– all the blooming trees and tulips as far as the eye can see. 🙂


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