Images in Wilford Woodruff's Witness

Wilford Woodruff first arrived in Salt Lake City in July 1847 and built two cabins in anticipation of his family's arrival.  However, he did not return to Salt Lake City until 1850.  At that point he moved the two cabins to his property on the corner of South Temple and West Temple street and built what became known as the Valley House when it was converted to a hotel. This was his main residence from 1851-1878 when he moved to the smaller house he had built next door.  He also built several homes on his 20-acre farm on 500 East - one for his wife Emma in the 1850s and then the Woodruff Villa in the 1890s.  He purchased another home on 1300 South in Salt Lake City for his wife Sarah Delight (not pictured) and one in Provo where his wife Sarah Brown lived in her later life.  He had also built a cabin in Randolph, Utah for Sarah Brown which she later traded for a home and property in Smithfield, Utah.  Pictures of some of these homes are included in Wilford Woodruff's Witness:

Wilford Woodruff built two cabins in 1847 that were part of the Old Fort 
located at what is now Pioneer Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Wilford Woodruff's first home in Salt Lake City, constructed in 1851 using the original cabins he built in 1847, at one point housed four generations of his family. It was converted to the Valley House Hotel in 1878 when Wilford moved to a smaller home next door. . The hotel stood from 1878-1915 on the corner of West Temple and South Temple. It is shown here in 1902.


Emma Smith Woodruff's farmhouse built in 1850s.
Wilford Woodruff's daughter Emma Manella is standing on porch holding her child.
(Picture courtesy of Carolyn Woodruff Owen.)


Woodruff Farmhouse still stands at 1604 S 500 E in Salt Lake City
In this picture (courtesy of Carolyn Woodruff Owen)
Emma Woodruff on the left with grandchildren Helen, June, Rhoda, W. Owen
(children of Abraham Owen) and nurse Anna Rosenkilde on the right


Sarah Brown Woodruff's restored cabin (built by Wilford Woodruff in 1872) still stands in Randolph, Utah.


Home in Provo, Utah where Sarah Brown Woodruff and daughter Mary
lived in 1890s while Mary taught at the Brigham Young Academy,
(Picture courtesy of Kenneth Mays.)


The Woodruff Villa built in 1891 still stands at 1622 S. 500 E. in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
It was Wilford's primary residence from 1891 until his death in 1898. He lived here during the time 
he served as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.