|Centuries:||18th century - 19th century - 20th century|
|Decades:||1820s 1830s 1840s - 1850s - 1860s 1870s 1880s|
|Years:||1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859|
- February 14 - Construction of the Salt Lake Temple begins following a groundbreaking ceremony conducted by Brigham Young and dedication by Heber C. Kimball.
- April 6 - Four cornerstones of the Salt Lake Temple laid.