Beginning in May 1997, throngs of believers flocked to the site of an American elm in Salt Lake City to see an image they believed was the Virgin Mary.
It was likely the first and certainly the most well-publicized Mary sighting in Utah.
Standing on the edge of Taufer Park, 700 S. 300 East, the tree soon was festooned with flowers, crosses and candles. Worshippers ascended a set of stairs erected to reach the knothole, nine feet above the ground. Some kissed or stroked the image, which was said to "weep," or emit liquid.