I tried to think of my earliest memory of Memory Grove, but I didn’t actually grow up in Salt Lake City so unfortunately my junior prom is what I came up with. I don’t say that as a fond memory either, considering how many kids were in my high school the Memorial House house was rather cramped and it was not exactly a lot of fun to moosh in, so we left :(. Fondest memory?? Hard to say, but the day we took my nephew to throw pebbles into the creek while his mom was at an appointment was pretty good. Watching my two children play fight like little kids with sticks was also pretty good.
We are darn lucky to have anything like memory grove in downtown. Most places don’t have anything like it at all, let alone downtown. Simply stated Memory Grove is a memorial. There are memorials to Utah’s veterans and a replica of the liberty bell. It’s a memorial to be proud of our country and those who have fought for it. More than that, it’s about remembering how beautiful this place can be.
Set aside as a park in 1902 not much was done with memory grove until the 1920’s. the first memorial built was the Pagoda which was completed in 1932, but it was not the only. There is the Harbor of Beauty, the Meditation Chapel, the 145th Field Artillery Monument, the Stone Footbridge and of course the Memorial House. The Memorial House was built in 1890 as a stable and equipment storage, but today is host to weddings, proms, parties and most any other event you could imagine. I couldn’t count how many times I have seen the park used as a photo back drop, and a beautiful one at that 🙂
Always in awe of the place I live Memory Grove is a reminder that no matter where you are, Utah can always surprise you.