The mystery of Utah history: The hearse at Disneyland wasn’t really Brigham Young’s, but there is a small Utah connection

Many Utahns love Disneyland and a popular fixture in the Anaheim, California, park is the Haunted Mansion, since its premiere in 1969. However, it is simply a myth that the white, horse-drawn hearse in front of the Disney attraction has any connection to Brigham Young.

The fact is his burial in 1877 never involved any hearse.

Despite this historical fact — and several Salt Lake TV news reports debunking the myth last year — a Google search on the subject still finds a substantial number of web sources still promoting the hearse as being President Young’s.

Glen M. Leonard, former director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Museum of Church History and Art, told the Deseret News some years ago that historical records are conclusive that the hearse couldn’t possibly have been used for Young (see “Disney hearse has no link to Brigham Young,” Deseret News, Feb. 23, 2001).


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