David and Alice Carlisle Wilkin
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David Wilkin and Alice Carlisle were Irish converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. David was an accomplished poineer who built bridges and roads, and traveled back across the plains several times to assist pioneer companies and guide them into the Salt Lake Valley. He built the hotel on what is now Third West Street in Salt Lake City in the vicinity of where West Hight School stands. Newspaper records collected by David's grandson, Samuel, clearly illustrated that the hotel was the site for many balls and gala occassions with Brigham Young, Heber Kimball, and other prominent church leaders in attendance.

Family lore suggests that Third West was to be the city's main thoroughfare, and indeed it was the primary entrance to the city form the north prior to the construction of the freeway. However, Brigham Young had extensive holdings near Main Street and this is where the city developed.

Whether it was over a dispute with Brigham Young or somethings else, David Wilkin left Salt Lake City and went to Nevada. He died and was buried in Orangeville, Utah in 1891.

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