Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

Deer in Mount Olivet Cemetery

In March 2008, I visited Salt Lake City for the World Horror Convention.  The con committee was so amazingly helpful that when I asked about visiting cemeteries, they assigned a driver to help me reach Mount Olivet Cemetery, out near the Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the 2002 Olympic Flame still burns.  We had a great afternoon poking around in the graveyard.

In the 1870s, non-Mormons wanted a graveyard where they could be buried separately from Mormons.  President Ulysses S. Grant signed an order in 1874 granting 20 acres of the Fort Douglas military post to be used as a non-denominational, non-profit cemetery.  Opened in 1877, it is the second oldest public burial ground in Salt Lake City.

The cemetery is the final home to many congressmen, senators, mayors of Salt Lake City, Civil War generals, a Utah governor, and many Mormons as well.  It’s also home to a large herd of white-tailed deer.

Mount Olivet links:

Map of the area

Friends of Mount Olivet tour

The Salt Lake Architecture blog

A Flickr set

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. Scribner published my favorite essays from Morbid Curiosity magazine as Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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2 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife

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