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Salt Lake Tabernacle

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SLC Tabernacle roof under construction

SLC Tabernacle roof under construction
I recently came upon this shot from the 50s of the SLC Tabernacle, and it made me decided to scan a couple of old Tabernacle postcards I have.

From back of card: "This construction commenced Sept. 1, 1865, finished 1867. The roof, the principal portion of the building, rests upon 44 sandstone piers, 3 feet thick, 20 feet high and 9 feet wide. On each side are 9 pillars, from which a 48 foot arch is sprung. 13 arches spring at each end from piers standing on a circle, The arches are of a lattice truss construction, securely fastened, where necessary, with cowhide and wooden pegs."

I had forgotten it was that old, with construction beginning just after the end of the Civil War!