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Logan Utah Temple, Logan

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The Logan Utah Temple (formerly the Logan Temple) was completed in 1884, and is the fourth temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the city of Logan, Utah, it was the second temple built in the Rocky Mountains, after the St. George Temple, which remains the only LDS temple that has been in operation longer than the Logan Temple.

The temple in Logan was announced on October 6, 1876, with its groundbreaking taking place on May 18, 1877. The groundbreaking was shortly after dedication of the St. George Temple on April 6, 1877. 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. The Salt Lake Temple had been announced in 1847, but construction was still underway and would not be completed until 1893, so the Logan and St. George temples were built to satisfy the church's need for temples.

More than 25,000 people worked on the Logan Temple. Timber used for the temple was hauled from the Temple Fork area of Logan Canyon. Lime and quartzite was quarried out of nearby Green Canyon. Most materials were extracted during winter when farm duties were low and because transporting material was easier on sled than wagon. A combination of hired hands and volunteers were used with wards providing quotas of volunteers. As completion of the temple neared, women in the area were asked to make carpets for the temple, since commercially made carpet could not be bought in Utah at that time. The women spent two months working to hand make 2,144 square yards of carpet.
The Logan Temple was the second temple to be completed in the Utah area and is the church's sixth largest temple. It was built on a 9-acre (3.6 ha) plot selected by Brigham Young and has 4 ordinance rooms and 11 sealing rooms, with a total floor area of 119,619 square feet (11,113.0 m2).The design by the church's head architect, Truman O. Angell, had two towers and was based on the same pattern as the Salt Lake Temple, with a large assembly hall and other similar rooms. On May 17, 1884 the Logan Temple was dedicated by LDS Church president John Taylor. The design incorporates an unusual amount of Gothic detailing compared with other temples, which are more Renaissance or Byzantine-inspired.
In 1917, a fire destroyed much of the southeast stairway of the Logan Temple. Forty thousand dollars was spent to repair it within three months. In 1949, the temple was remodeled and received updated lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and other modern conveniences. In 1977, more remodeling was undertaken and the interior was completely gutted and redone. After remodeling, the temple was rededicated on March 13, 1979 by church president Spencer W. Kimball.

The Logan Temple was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1975.
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  • It's a beautiful artifice, inside and out. But what strikes me the most about this building and my many visits over the years is that the real beauty comes from the great feeling of peace and love...  more »
  • you can't really list this as a tourist destination as a recommend is required to enter but the grounds are lovely and peaceful and anyone can enjoy walking there. We were married here many years ago  more »
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  • The temple is so beautiful! The grounds are immaculate and the building is beyond impressive! At night the temple seems to glow from within. The spirit of the temple is one of peace, joy, and incredible strength. I loved visiting and getting to walk around the grounds with my husband and young sons!
  • Beautiful grounds in a beautiful city. The flowers were lovely and all was meticulously maintained. And if you are lucky enough to have a recommend to go in, the best part is inside.

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