National Geographic : 1950 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine Sandstone Walls Denver's Red Rocks Auditorium; Its Ceiling, the Deep Blue Sky By day the city's skyscrapers, by night their winking lights, may be seen from this natural amphitheater, 16 miles distant. Benches accommodate more than 10,000 spectators at festivals and pageants. A long, level road took us south over well farmed fields and through a large Indian reservation to Pocatello. On the rear seat I talked with a schoolteacher accompanied by his wife and five-months-old son. After Thanksgiving in Idaho, they were returning to their home in Utah. He said that with such a young child he found it easier to ride the bus than to use his own car on long trips. I glimpsed Great Salt Lake as we moved into the Mormon country of northern Utah. My questions about the history of the region prematurely ended the professor's holiday. And when we reached Salt Lake City, one of his students leaving the bus turned to him and said, "See you in English History." First thing I saw on emerging from the bus depot was the Mormon Temple. I stayed in a hotel opposite it, and I always had the feel ing that this great granite monument to Mor monism dominated the whole city, physically and spiritually.* Although not allowed to enter the Temple, * See "Utah, Carved by Winds and Waters," by Leo A. Borah, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, May, 1936.