D.U.P. Sto­ries

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ja­neene White­lock & Cyn­thia Pea­cock

Nebo Stake Taber­na­cle

The first taber­na­cle was built in 1870 and was ded­i­cated July 20, 1872 by Apos­tle Wil­ford Woodruff. It was built at a cost of $27,447. After 32 years this taber­na­cle burned to the ground in 1904.

Con­struc­tion for the new taber­na­cle started in June, 1906 and was com­pleted in Novem­ber 1907 at which time it was ded­i­cated by Pres­i­dent Joseph F. Smith. It was bult on the same site of the orig­i­nal taber­na­cle. The cost of Con­struc­tion was $20,000. It was paid for and ded­i­cated within a pe­riod of 18 months. This was con­sid­ered a church record at the time.

The Taber­na­cle at­tracted peo­ple from Springville south, west to Goshen, and some­times Eureka, Mam­moth, Knightsville, and Sil­ver City.

The build­ing had a seat­ing ca­pac­ity for over a thou­sand peo­ple. All the seats were filled at the ded­i­ca­tion.

The build­ing was used for over 60 years. Then the new Nebo Stake Cen­ter was built and for a time the fu­ture of the build­ing was un­known. Gen­eral Au­thor­i­ties of the church said it could not be sold to any­one who would use it for en­ter­tain­ment, such as skat­ing, pool, or danc­ing. Noth­ing was done for more than a year, and van­dals started break­ing win­dows and break­ing into the build­ing.

Then, in about 1966 the Se­nior Cit­i­zens was or­ga­nized in Payson, and a place was needed for their ac­tiv­i­ties. Payson City ob­tained a long-term lease on the build­ing and turned it over to Se­nior Cit­i­zens. The Taber­na­cel be­came the Se­nior Cit­i­zen Cen­ter. After the Se­nior Cit­i­zens quit us­ing the build­ing it was sold to Val­ley Bank in 1981. It was torn down and Cen­tral Bank was built on the prop­erty.

Sub­mit­ted by Ja­neene White­lock

The old Nebo Stake Taber­na­cle.

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