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Lecture to Describe the Founding of Pipe Spring, Arizona

  • September 13, 2012
September 13, 2012

Winsor Castle (pictured here) was built by the Church in Pipe Spring as a fort and as headquarters for the tithing cattle ranch.

John Peterson, a Church archivist, historian, and institute instructor, will deliver a lecture about the founding of Pipe Spring, Arizona, USA, on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building, located at 50 E. North Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

In 1858 Jacob Hamblin found a spring on a narrow strip of land between the Grand Canyon and the Nevada border and called the oasis Pipe Spring. Mormon pioneers established a large cattle ranch there, which the Church eventually bought. In the 1880s and 1890s the ranch became a refuge for Latter-day Saint polygamous families. The Paiute Indians also maintained a presence in the area. In 1923 the United States government set aside the Pipe Spring property as a national monument.

This event is just one of several sponsored by the Church History Department through the Church History Library’s Men and Women of Faith lecture series. The following schedule lists the remaining lectures for this year; each will be held at 7:00 p.m. mountain daylight time in the main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building.

  • October 18: “Faith and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon,” by William W. Slaughter
  • November 8: “Latter-day Saint Women’s Education, 1875–1896,” by Andrea Ventilla

The themes are subject to change; patrons can find the most current information available on the Men and Women of Faith website.

The Church History Department, through the Church History Museum, also sponsors an Evenings at the Museum event series to provide patrons with inspirational experiences through immersion in Church history, art, music, and culture.

The remaining event for 2012 will be a concert and lecture with Latter-day Saint singer Alex Boyé on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. mountain daylight time at the Church History Museum theater. This event requires tickets, which will be available starting September 27 by calling 801-240-9573. Visit the Evenings at the Museum website for more information.