With oxen, gardens, costumed volunteers, and historically significant buildings, Salt Lake City’s Old Deseret Village offers a unique opportunity to learn about our pioneer past.
Old Deseret Village overlooks This Is the Place Monument, which commemorates the entry of the Latter-day Saint pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. Created from reconstructed or authentic 1847–69 homes and buildings, Old Deseret Village brings our historic past to life. Volunteers dressed in pioneer clothing give tours of the buildings, animals live in surrounding pens and sheds, and gardens flourish with flowers and vegetables.
The photographs on these few pages offer readers an opportunity to walk the dusty streets of Old Deseret Village. While there, you may hear the clang of a blacksmith’s hammer, marvel at the immense size of oxen, or wonder how many people could live in one log cabin. And you may feel an even greater bond of fellowship with the dedicated pioneers of Church history.