THE NEW SOCIAL ORDER
Through cuts in the mountains, And over the fountains He rides on a rail With smoke for his tail, And that's how the monster comes into our vale
-- Jabee Woodward "The Steam Horse in Salt Lake Valley"
True to its charismatic creator, the Kingdom of God was a revolutionary ideal that looked to universal dominion within the lifetimes of those who advanced it. Its destiny was to prevail, not to compromise or co-exist. As established in Utah, it could never last long as a separate form of government or distinctive culture limited by the confines of the Great Basin.
From the first, the hope to roll the kingdom forth to world rule rested on a growing flood of converts to build the population and plant new settlements at a lower cost. For this reason, Utah lawmakers as early as 1852 had asked Congress to back construction of a railroad to the Pacific coast. In 1857 Brigham Young himself had personally investigated the potential to move people and goods up the Missouri river during his visit to Fort Limhi.
At the same time the transcontinental railroad carried the threat to corrupt the foundation of the kingdom's outward spread. As the iron rails drew closer, eventually to join on May 10, 1869, at Promontory, Utah, a drive began to purge the Chief Stake of Zion of outside influences and create a new social order, one destined to supersede all other social and economic systems throughout the world.
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Publication information: Book title: Forgotten Kingdom:The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896. Contributors: David L. Bigler - Author. Publisher: Utah State University Press. Place of publication: Logan, UT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 259.
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