Point of Beginning

How all of Utah is connected with monument

November 7, 2008
The baseline meridian stone in Salt Lake City holds both a historical and a heavenly significance.


By Michael De Groote
Mormon Times
Thursday, Nov. 06, 2008
 
Almost every piece of property in Utah has a connection to a small obelisk-shaped monument on the southeast corner of Temple Square.
 
"When you think of all the different kinds of sculptures and monuments around the city, this is probably the smallest and the least visually impressive," said Richard Oman, curator of acquisitions at the Museum of Church History and Art. "But ... this is the real thing."
 
What impresses Oman is not the size of the monument, but what it stands for both literally and symbolically. The "Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian" stone has ties to the earth and to the temple.
 
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