50 years ago today - Mar 3, 1971

The demolition begins of the old tabernacle at Coalville, Utah, formerly on the national register. Mormons and non-Mormons (primarily non-residents of Coalville) waged a court battle and petitioned the First Presidency not to destroy this meeting house now regarded as obsolete by church authorities. The First Presidency publishes a statement in defense of the demolition, which attracts enough attention to merit a feature story in the New York Times.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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