I’ll get it out of the way right now. I’m not Mormon. But I have been to Salt Lake City a few times. I’m comfortable there, in fact more comfortable then I am in other parts of Utah. I think it’s because the city was laid out like many of the towns and cities I grew up in, the original Mormon settlers having come from Upstate New York and New England. Picture a small white clapboard church as the centerpiece of this image and it is many small towns in Vermont or New Hampshire. Yes the city has grown far beyond that scale, and clearly those aren’t Congregationalists but it is a New England town. So, here we have the Mormon Temple on Temple Square. This isn’t the first temple, that was in Illinois, but was destroyed in the mid 1800s before the Later Day Saints migrated westwards. It’s a fine example of late 19th century architecture which is difficult to find in the American West.
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Note: As people have noticed, I classify Colorado and Utah as being in “The American West” while I classify Texas as Texas. Some of you may be saying “Josh, why don’t you see Texas as the west? We have cowboys, we’ve got deserts…”. Yes, you do, but I define “The American West” as everything west of the 100th meridian. To save you the time of getting out your atlas’ that’s the eastern edge of the panhandle. This is a historical and hydrological definition which unfortunantly divides Texas in half, so El Paso or Amarillo are “The American West” but Houston, College Station, Waco and DFW are not.