Sunday, May 20, 2012

Eagle Gate

Date Placed: May 20, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planters: GreenJello and Teancum
Location: State Street and South Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

The Eagle Gate monument is a historical monument seventy-six feet across, situated at the intersection of State Street at South Temple, adjacent to Temple Square.

The monument was erected in 1859 and commemorates the entrance to Brigham Young's property at the mouth of City Creek Canyon. It was originally topped by a wooden eagle, refurbished several times, and eventually replaced by the current 4,000-pound bronze eagle that has a wingspan of 20 feet.

The first Eagle Gate was remodeled and enlarged with new stone piers and wider inverted arches in the early 1890s. Due to the widening of State Street in the early 1960s, the prior monument was removed and replaced with a much wider and larger third generation Eagle Gate. The monument is one of Salt Lake City's most well known pioneer landmarks, and its current design is one of Salt Lake City's best standing examples of Mid-Century Modern design.

Directions: As you are brushing up on the history of Eagle Gate, you may want to look under the left hand side.

Notes: This is a replacement box! The first one went missing very soon after being planted. Stealth is essential! Please be sure to replace the box back in the corner (felt/magnet side on the bottom, lid on top) so it won't fall and be thrown away.

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