THE HALL OF RELICS.
POINT of special interest during the Jubilee, and for many days thereafter, was the Hall of Relics, built by the Commission upon the site of the old "Council House," corner of Main and South Temple streets.
This elegant though transitory edifice, suggestive in its chaste appearance and classic outlines of the structures composing the wonderful "White City" at the World's Fair, was planned after the famous Parthenon, or Temple of Minerva at Athens. Twelve massive fluted columns supported the roof of the portico, which was reached by broad flights of steps leading up to the entrance. Upon a central pedestal in front stood a cast of Dallin's beautiful prize statue, "The Signal of Peace," (a mounted Indian holding aloft a spear) the original of which graces the grounds of Lincoln Park, Chicago. At the extremities, upon smaller pedestals, were two sphinx-like figures, couchant. A pictured scroll upon the front wall contained the census of the original pioneer company. The pediment was adorned with the picture of an emigrant ox wagon, while the summit of the structure was crowned with the figure of an eagle surmounting a bee-hive; a copy of the historic emblem on Eagle Gate. Upon the eastern frieze of the cornice�the one above the entrance�were the names and dates of early explorers of the Rocky Mountain region, and upon the northern frieze the names of Indian chiefs famous in Utah history. The explorers were:
Cardenas ?J540Ashley? 1825
La Hontan. 1689BonnevilleJ832
Escalante .1776Fremont. J843
Bridger ? ?. 1824Brigham YoungJ847
The Indian chiefs:
Kanosh, Tintic, Sogwitch, Washakie,
Appenoose, Black Hawk, Peteetneet, Sanpitch, Walker, Tabbie.
The Hall of Relics, as its name implies, was a repository of curios and souvenirs pertaining to pioneer times, gathered in from various sources, catalogued and placed on exhibition. Among the many interesting exhibits were personal effects of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor, Willard Richards, and other Mormon leaders and Utah Pioneers.