On June 9, 1856, 500 Mormons left Iowa and headed west for Salt Lake City, transporting their belongings in two-wheeled carts.

Almost four decades later, in 1893, the Mormons completed construction on Salt Lake Temple, located in Temple Square, which today attracts from 3 to 5 million tourists each year.

The site is the state’s most popular tourist attraction and garners more visitors than the Grand Canyon.

Video courtesy of LDS Vids via YouTube

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