140 years ago today - Jul 24, 1883

36 years ago this 24 of July I Wilford Woodruff Brought President Brigham Young in my Carriage into this Salt Lake valley the first time He ever set his Eyes upon this Barren Deseret. We arived and pitched our Camp at half past Eleven oclok and Before I Eat my Dinner I planted some two Bushels potatoes.

We met to day in the big Tabernacle to Celebrate our Entrance into the valley of the 24 of July. The west End of the Tabernacle was occupied by about 1,000 Children dressed in white who were to sing under Evan Stephens their singing Master. Erastus Snow opened By Prayer. After singing two hymns W. Woodruff Dismissed. The servises of the Afternoon Continued 2 Hours. Was then dismissed By Presidet Taylor. There was About 10,000 persons present through the day. There was also a Baloon Asscention from the 8 ward square. A Man & woman went up. How many more 24 of July I shall live to see time may Determin.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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