At least a few blocks anyway. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of LDS Business College pulled out of the old Wall Mansion on South Temple on July 12 with 15 handcarts full of boxes of books and other learning materials from the 120-year-old college's library. From there, they trekked west on South Temple several blocks to their new home in the Triad Center, located on 300 West, between North Temple and South Temple, west of Temple Square.
The handcart trek, complete with pioneer hats and dresses, was the first official leg in the journey for the college to its eighth home since the school opened in the Social Hall in 1886. Doors will again open this fall at the new location. (Please see Nov. 26, 2005, and Feb. 11, 2006, Church News.)
"This is a whole new day for LDS Business College," said college President Stephen K. Woodhouse, standing in his old office in the mansion. His desk and couch are still there, but the walls are bare of the pictures and plaques from his long academic career. He doesn't seem to mind. "We've got such a rich history clear back to Nov. 15, 1886. That was our founder's day. The reason for the trek is to kind of remember our history and to make sure the city realizes that this is a very important event for LDS Business College, our students and for the city."
He wasn't alone in his opinion. As police motorcycles escorted the trekking students down the street, spectators sat on the sides of the road, parade-style, waving and cheering. As the group reached the Church plaza for a brief rest by the reflecting pond in the shadow of the Salt Lake Temple, people on early lunch breaks stood with curiosity. Some Japanese tourists near the Triad Center asked what was happening. After learning about the college, they took pictures and said they were lucky to see "history" in Salt Lake City.
During the brief rest at the plaza, Dean Hansen, former faculty member of the institute of religion at LDS Business College, spoke to the group, reminding them that Brigham Young, upon arriving in the valley in 1847, climbed Ensign Peak and then walked to the present-day spot of the Salt Lake Temple. Sticking his cane in the dirt, President Young said, "Here we will build a temple to our God."
"We've never been more than a few arm-throws away from the temple," Brother Hansen said, speaking of the many nearby homes of the college over the years.
The Gary D. Barlow family of the Bountiful 36th Ward, Bountiful Utah South Stake, has never been far from the college either, with 11 of their 12 children attending the school. "Ten of them graduated in accounting and two of them were student body presidents," he added, smiling, with 14 family members standing by the doors of the mansion. His daughter, Michelle Stockwell, of the class of 1992, is said to have been the first female student body president at the college.
Ironically, the Barlows' handcart broke down during the modern-day trek and they had to transfer their boxes to other carts.
"This is a historic event," Brother Barlow said. "The college has been a choice experience for all of us."
Others on the trek seemed to agree as they sang while moving along South Temple.
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