Date: July 2014
Destination: Salt Lake City Utah
Activity: This is the Place Park
I feel like I never write about Salt Lake City because I’ve been visiting there for so long there isn’t much I haven’t done… but the “This is the Place” Heritage Park was one activity I had never done before. Sooo one hot day in July we made the drive up to the shelf of land that overlooks Salt Lake City. Up there they have recreated a small pioneer village replicating what used to sit down in the valley just one hundred years ago.
At the park there are many real buildings that have been relocated onto this mountain shelf and preserved for future generations. There are barns, petting zoos, a pony ride, blacksmiths shop, schoolhouse, general store, candy store, cultural arts center, and old pioneer homes and cabins all on display. We were fortunate to be there during a Native Indian dance reenactment in the cultural gathering center.
We had not only my girls but my nieces “L”, “S” and “S” along with my sister “C” and my mother. We also had three strollers along with us which made us a very non mobile crew but perfect for visiting the pioneer village. During the Indian dancing my kids were mesmerized by the elaborate costumes and beating of the drums. My little niece “L” was all smiles and laughter watching the dancing and all of her cousins enjoy the performance.
I would recommend visiting this park for anyone that would like to visit any of the Church History sites like the ones in Palmyra or Nauvoo. It is very similar to the city of Nauvoo and easier to get to if you live in the west. Of course Nauvoo is bigger but This is the Place park is a great sampling and may be able to satisfy your craving for church history.
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