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Kay's Cross

Somewhere in North Kaysville

The explosion was loud. It echoed through Kaysville. Many residents heard the boom. It was 10 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 1992. Some one had snuck down into Kay's Hollow and filled up one of Kaysville's oddest structures with explosives and set it off. Kay's Cross was no more. Sort of.

But before we get into the destruction of Kay's Cross, a little background might be necessary.

Unless you are from Kaysville (a suburb about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City), chances are you have never heard of it. The cross is Kaysville's strangest, and most embarrassing, landmark.

No one really knows who built it. The imposing stone and mortar structure loomed over a remote hollow, standing 20 feet high and about 13 feet wide. A large letter "K" adorned both sides. Kay's Cross was the stuff of legend in Davis County. Some one had plopped this unlikely monolith in the middle of nowhere. To get to it most folks had to first hike through the Kaysville Cemetery and then trudge over scrub-oak covered hills. There were alternate routes, but all involved hills and scrub oak. more>>

 

 

Gilgal Gardens

452 S. 800 E. Salt Lake City

For many years it was one of Salt Lake City's best-known secrets. Tucked between the Wonder Bread Factory and Chuck O Rama near seventh south, most Salt Lake City residents had no idea such a bizarre animal existed.

Strange sculptures with a weird Mormon ambience, Gilgal Gardens are the creation of Thomas Battersby Child Jr., former bishop of the LDS Church.

Child spent nearly twenty years working on the garden, located on about a half-acre behind his home. He filled it with 12 original sculptures and over 70 engraved stones. The most arresting of his creations is a sphinx with the head of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Faith.

Child spent nearly twenty years working on the garden, located on about a half-acre behind his home. He filled it with 12 original sculptures and over 70 engraved stones. more>>