Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hard work.....

This is called the Black Hill.  The cut around it is a trail.  Back when the Mormons were sent down to Southern Utah from the Salt Lake Valley by Brigham Young, the pioneers immediately set to building the St. George Temple.  They cut rock from this hill for the base of the temple. The temple was being built in a swampy area.  The people drained the land and then used the volcanic rock, which they crushed and laid down to create a dry good foundation for the building. The trail is called Temple Quarry Trail.  Can you imagine cutting rock from this hill, and somehow getting it about 3 miles away to the temple site.  They used 17,000 tons of volcanic rock and sandstone to build the temple.  
The rock was hauled by wagons and mules.
 A little tributary off of the Santa Clara River.  Tiah tried going in it, not realizing how deep it was.  She backed out real quick.
This gentle horse, housed next to the trail we were on, welcomed attention from all of us, especially little Mila.

6 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

I love these photos, Susan.

TexWisGirl said...

it is amazing what folks accomplished with so little at their disposal.

Rose said...

Have you ever shown the temple? I agree with Tex, amazing what people can do with a little determination.

Catherine said...

I like the stripes in that hill - cool!
It's amazing what got built 'back in the day' isn't it?
xo Catherine

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow. So much hard work….I can't imagine. Lovely photos!!!
XO

Karen said...

beautiful photos!...