Four openings into the face of the
mountain are easily seen in this photo,
plus the access building at the right.
Vault Toured by Leaders
After three years of construction, by December 1963 the Granite Mountain Record Vault was virtually completed. Tours were given to top authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the first Monday in December. A luncheon and film showing construction work preceded the tours. Hugh B. Brown and N. Eldon Tanner, counselors in the Church presidency spoke briefly. The following day, business leaders and educators toured the vast tunnel complex.
Brown paid tribute to those who conceived, planned, and built the vault. Tanner said that the natural humidity and temperature are most ideal and the vault would provide maximum protection for irreplaceable microfilm. The cost for the project, at the time, ran under $2 million.
If you come to NGS this year, you’ll get to attend “An Evening Celebration of Family History,” a special event Thursday evening.
Don’t miss this historic evening of entertainment and celebration! FamilySearch and the Utah Genealogical Association join to bring you a unique experience—a memorable evening held at the LDS Conference Center at Temple Square. The evening will include a multi-media tribute to family history, special guest speaker, and mini-concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
All conference attendees will receive a free ticket to this special event.
Tune in next week for public tour information, same vault time, same vault channel!
Early bird registration must be postmarked by 8 March 2010. There are just 41 days left.
Pre-registration must be postmarked by 12 April 2010. There are just 76 days left.
The conference begins 28 April 2010. There are just 92 days left.
SourcesDexter Ellis, "Inspection Tours Set for Records Vaults in Canyon," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 30 Nov-ember 1963, Church News section, p. 3, cols. 2-5; digital images (http://news.google.com/news papers : accessed 25 December 2009).
"Vault Toured By Church, Civic Leaders," Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2 December 1963, p. 12 B, col. 1; digital images (http://news.google.com/newspapers : accessed 25 December 2009).
James B. Allen, et. al., “Hearts Turned to the Fathers,” BYU Studies Vol. 34 No. 2 (1994-1995).