The Monument to Brigham Young and the Pioneers : One Hundred Years of Controversy
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Historical Society
For more than a century, the Brigham Young Monument in Salt Lake City has been the center of sometimes acrimonious controversy. The idea and organization to create a monument were begun in 1891. The statue of Brigham Young was completed by Cyrus Dallin in 1893. Many delays in raising funds caused the monument not to be finished until 1900. Thereafter it often became the target of those trying improve traffic conditions in the downtown area. In 1993, the monuments was moved just north of the intersection to improve the flow of traffic.