Brigham Young Historic Park is a beautiful, green area just east of Temple Square featuring statue memorials and a pioneer feel with a water wheel spinning through the free-flowing City Creek.
Brigham Young was born in 1801 in Vermont and died in Salt Lake City in 1877. Often refered to as "The American Moses," Young succeeded Joseph Smith in leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and led the pioneers on the challenging journey from Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley. Upon arrival here, he oversaw the settlement of Salt Lake City and much of the state of Utah as well as areas of Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada. He served as territorial governor for six years from 1850-1856 in addition to his responsibilities as an ecclesiastical leader and was generally loved by the pioneers who established the Salt Lake Valley, and is revered by members of the Mormon Church today as a tremendously determined, faithful leader and prophet.
Located at the southeast corner of State Street and North Temple, the Historic Park occupies land that once belonged to Young as part of his farm. It is one of several exhibits just east of Temple Square that serve as memorial to him.
Although visitors are welcome to Brigham Young Historic Park throughout the year, during summer months the park is especially popular. Between June and August, Tuesday- and Friday-evening concerts feature local and internationally known musicians, and are free of charge to the public. The concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. in June and July and at 7:30 in August. Additionally, Wednesday evening talks on various subjects are given during those same months.