As the capital of Utah and the religious center of The Church of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City is a place of history and a place of wonder situated in a high valley of the Jordan River. The astonishing Great Salt Lake lies just to the northwest of the city while the Great Salt Lake Desert stretches to the west. In 1847 Brigham Young led his Mormon followers from their home in Illinois to this wild country that in 1890 officially became the 45th state. Salt Lake City today is a vibrant, modern community worth exploring.
The Beehive House is called that because of the impressive beehive structure on one of the residence's turrets. The beehive appears on the state's coat of arms, which symbolizes the industriousness of the state's citizens. Brigham Young built the home in 1855 to house his 19 wives and 56 children. It served as his headquarters as both Governor of Utah and the president of the Mormon church.