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"Salt Lake City, capital of Utah and of Salt Lake co., is situated near the E. bank of the Jordan River, which connects Great Salt Lake with Utah Lake, about 12 miles S.E. of the Great Salt Lake, and 4200 feet above the level of the sea. It was laid out in 1847, in the midst of an unbroken wilderness, by a company of 143 Mormons, under the leadership of Brigham Young, and has since been the head-quarters of the Mormon organization. It has wide, straight streets, many of which are irrigated with running streams of water. Its chief public edifices are a magnificent city and county building, 2 large Mormon rel edifices (the grand Temple, erected 1853–1893 at a co $5,000,000, and the Tabernacle), Catholic, Congregational Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian brew, Lutheran, Adventist's, Scientist's, and Unit churches, 3 hospitals, the University of Utah, graded lic schools with fine buildings, 3 public libraries, a banks, 6 of which are national. Three daily newspapers are published here. This city is the terminus of 5 roads,—the Union Pacific, the Rio Grande Western Utah & Nevada, the Utah Central, and the Great Salt & Hot Springs. The valley in which it is situated bounded on the E. by the Wahsatch Mountains, which covered with perpetual snow. Pop, in 1870, 12,85 1880, 20,768; in 1890, 44,843."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1826 - August 22 - Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
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  • 1847 - July 24 - Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, UT
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  • News  1856 - June 9 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
    historyorb.com
    June 9, 1856
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  • News  1871 - Growing like a weed
    Salt Lake City has gained more than 5,000 inhabitants since the year 1860.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 7, 1871
  • News  1876 - Explosion
    Four powder magazines, with many tons of powder, exploded at the arsenal at Salt Lake City, on the 6th inst. Six were killed and others hurt.... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - George Q. Cannon announced in Salt Lake City on the 8th that the total Mormon population was 153,911.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 13, 1889
  • News  1893 - April 6 – The iconic Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated after 40 years of construction.
    www.wikipedia.org
    April 6, 1893
  • 1901 - Salt Lake City - The Desert that has Blossomed as the Rose by James Edward Talmage
    Long before the first settlement, little more than fifty years ago, of the valley of the Great Salt Lake, strange stories of the briny sea and its... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - SLEIGH NO MATCH FOR RAILROAD TRAIN - IS KNOCKED OFF THE TRACK AND ONE OF THE PARTY KILLED AND OTHERS HURT
    (By Associated Press)
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 16. - A large double sleigh containing a party of ten young people was struck by a Rio Grande... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Salt Lake City, capital of Utah and of Salt Lake co., the most important commercial city of the United States be tween Denver and the Pacific coast,... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - FIRE IN SALT LAKE HOTEL. GUESTS OF WINDSOR DRIVEN TO STREETS.
    Flee In Various stages of undress poured out of the new Windsor hotel on Main Street at 5 o'clock this morning under the impression that the building ... Read MORE...

  • 1925 - March 24 - KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
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  • 1944 - March 14 - A single storm brought a record 21.6 inches of snow to Salt Lake City UT.
    The Weather Channel
  • 1960 - May 18 - Salt Lake City UT received an inch of snow. It marked their latest measurable snowfall of record.
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  • News  1983 - June 12 - The state of Utah was besieged by floods and mudslides. Streets in downtown Salt Lake City were sandbagged and turned into rivers of relief. The town of Thistle was completely inundated as a mudslide made a natural dam.
    The Weather Channel
    June 12, 1983
  • 1999 - Tornado hit Salt Lake City downtown, caused over $100 million dollars of damage
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