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When Mormons arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in July of 1847, they found it to be a clean canvas on which they could build their own Zion. Before construction ever began, they drafted organized plans of the city, centered around their Temple. As such, the famous Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square became the designated center point of Salt Lake City's infamous, gridded street system.
Today Temple Square still marks the “origin” of the graph, and the bull's eye of downtown. However, in the intervening 160+ years since the arrival of the Mormons, many other buildings and institutions of other cultures have risen up around this historical center. These include a slew of restaurants, commerce centers, bank headquarters, concert venues, galleries, and the valley's most dense collection of hotels.