'Abdu'l-Bahá's travels

Salt Lake City

Abdu’l-Bahá and His party arrived in Salt Lake City on the afternoon of September 28. Bahá’ís traveled from other areas to have the bounty of seeing ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, including Feny Paulson, from Missoula, Montana.

There was a large agricultural convention and State Fair in town when they arrived, which interested ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He visited the agricultural exhibition and spent some time exploring it. He visited a display of agricultural machines, asking about their cost and use, then went to the area where fruits and vegetables were displayed.

In addition to the agricultural display, the Mormon Convention was being held in the city and there was a parade down one of the main roads. The road was lined with a huge crowd of spectators behind ropes, waiting for the beginning of the parade. At one point on the parade route, there was a special section roped off. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, in His flowing robes and majestic bearing, walked up to the roped-off section, a reporter quickly took advantage to get a story, which appeared the next day on the front page of the newspaper.