OGDEN -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to relocate the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and a historic cabin to make way for an underground parking garage to complement renovations at the Ogden Temple.
The church will pay to move the museum and the circa-1845 Miles Goodyear cabin, both in the 2100 block of Grant Avenue, to a half-acre lot owned by the city on the southeast corner of 21st Street and Lincoln Avenue, said Richard McConkie, Ogden's director of community and economic development.
The museum is about 3,200 square feet, and the cabin encompasses about 250 square feet, said Greg Montgomery, the city's planning manager.
The city will deed the property on Lincoln Avenue on which the structures will sit to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, he said.
The property is currently used for parking and also houses a retention basin.
Because the museum and cabin are on the local historic registry, the proposal to move them will have to be reviewed by the Ogden Landmarks Commission, McConkie said.
Ogden's planning commission, city council and redevelopment agency also will have to sign off on the relocation.
The LDS Church hopes to relocate the museum and cabin in November, McConkie said, adding that the new location should make the buildings more visible.
The cabin belonged to Miles Goodyear, who was a 19-year-old orphan from Connecticut when he joined a missionary group headed for Oregon in 1836, according to the Go-Utah website, www.go-utah.com.
Goodyear left the group en route and set out on his own in Utah. He became a fur-trapping mountain man, married the daughter of an Indian chief and erected a trading fort before he picked up and headed for California when Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah.