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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - Lion House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City took 40 years to complete. The Mormon temples in St. George, Manti and Logan Utah were completed before the Salt Lake Temple.

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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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1854 - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, capital of Salt Lake co., Utah Territory, is situated near the E. bank of the Jordan river, which connects Great Salt Lake with Utah Lake.about 22 miles S.E. from the Great Salt lake, and 4200 feet above the level of the sea. It was laid out in July, 1847, by a company of 143 Mormons. The city contains 260 blocks of 10 acres each, separated by streets which are 128 feet wide. There are 8 houses in each block, so arranged that no two houses front each other. The houses are built of adobes or sun-dried bricks. The 4 public squares of the city are to be adorned with trees from the four quarters of the globe, and supplied with fountains. On one of these a magnificent temple is now being erected ; and a gorgeous banner, constructed of the flags of all nations, is ere long to be unfurled from "Ensign Mount," which overlooks the new city of the "Saints." Salt Lake city contains a handsome theatre, which cost above $20,000.

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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.

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June 9, 1856
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
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. Boulders were thrown in all directions and fell a mile away. The damage to broken glass alone is $50,000.
The Weekly Era
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 13, 1876
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
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.

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April 6, 1893
1895 - Salt Lake City
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 public schools with fine buildings, 3 public libraries, a banks, 6 of which are national. Three daily newspapers... Read MORE...

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 desert setting had found their way to the civilized and cultured East; and, mingled with the weird accounts of sun baked plains, waterless wilderness, and saline solitudes, were the predictions of the wise that the country would never be worth settling. This region was included within the area against which Daniel Webster hurled his anathema of denunciation from the floor of the national Senate, proclaiming the utter worthlessness of the great West, and declaring that he would "never vote one cent from the public treasury to place the Pacific coast one inch nearer to Boston" than it then was. And concerning the Salt Lake Valley itself, Colonel James Bridger, for whom the disputed honor of discovering the Great Salt Lake has been claimed, said that he would offer a thousand dollars in gold for the first ear of corn that could be ripened... Read MORE...

1903 - SLEIGH NO MATCH FOR RAILROAD TRAIN - IS KNOCKED OFF THE TRACK AND ONE OF THE PARTY KILLED AND OTHERS HURT
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Feb. 16. - A large double sleigh containing a party of ten young people was struck by a Rio Grande Western passenger train here early today. The sled was hurled through the air for a hundred feet and demolished. One of the party, MISS PEARL QUALLES, was instantly killed and none escaped injury. Miss Qualles was sitting on the driver's seat and the pilot of the engine struck the sleigh precisely where she was sitting. Holmes, the driver, was internally injured, and is in a critical condition. The other members of the party were sitting the in rear portion of the sleigh. To keep out the cold they had covered their heads with blankets and had no intimation of approaching danger.
Fort Worth Telegram
Fort Worth, Texas
February 16, 1903
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, is situated at the western foot of the Wasatch Mountains, near the E. bank of the Jordan River, which connects Utah Lake with Great Salt Lake, about 12 miles SE. of Great Salt Lake and 4200 feet above the level of the sea. It is on the Union Pacific, the Rio Grande Western and other railroads. The city was laid out in 1847 by a company of Mormons, under the leadership of Brig- ham Young, and has since been the head-quarters of the Mormon organization. It is regularly laid out, with wide, straight streets, made attractive by the succession of gar dens which surround the residential homes. The focal centre of the city, constituting the "sacred square of the Mormons," is Temple Block, which covers an area of 10 acres and contains the famous Tabernacle, a vast oval auditorium building, 250 ft. long, 150 ft. wide, and 70 ft. high, and giving... Read MORE...

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 was on fire. It transpired that the smoke with which the hotel was filled came from the basement, used as a storage place by the Stickney Cigar company. The fire was extinguished, but not until the cigar stock had been damaged to the extent of $10,000 or $15,000.
The Idaho Daily Statesman
Boise, Idaho
January 3, 1910
1917 - Baseball Losing Popularity Because Commercialism Has Stepped In, Says Corbett
by James J. Corbett

Was Fred Clarke right when he said that the trouble with baseball is that "it has degenerated into a pink-tea affair?" Or has baseball slipped from its once lofty heights of popularity because of other reasons?

Something is wrong with baseball. No one can deny it. The great national game doesn't enthuse the populace as in the other years. There isn't any wild hurrah over the opening of the season. The fans of today go to the parks in fair volume but theirs is an impassive attitude. The old hero-worship stuff has disappeared.

The former Pirate leader, commenting on the waning popularity of America's national sport, said:

"The general fault is that the players have become entirely too friendly with one another. Baseball used to be a game of fight, fire and "pop." Rival teams regarded each other as enemies, not as fraternity brothers. The players didn't go out on the field with the idea of staging merely a scientific athletic contest. They went out to... 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.

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1960 - May 18 - Salt Lake City UT received an inch of snow. It marked their latest measurable snowfall of record.

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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.

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June 12, 1983
1999 - Tornado hit Salt Lake City downtown, caused over $100 million dollars of damage

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Salt Lake City:
Temple Square:

Start your visit with Temple Square, the spiritual heart of the city. The Salt Lake Temple and surrounding buildings are iconic and offer a glimpse into the city's religious history.

Utah State Capitol:

Explore the Utah State Capitol building. It's not only a seat of government but also offers stunning views of the city and the mountains.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum:

If you're a nature enthusiast, Red Butte Garden is a must-visit. It's a beautiful botanical garden with walking paths, themed gardens, and seasonal plant displays.

Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains:

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails in the nearby Wasatch Mountains. Popular trails include Bell's Canyon, Mount Olympus, and Donut Falls.

Visit the Great Salt Lake:

Don't miss the chance to visit the Great Salt Lake. Antelope Island State Park is a great spot to experience the lake's unique beauty, see wildlife, and enjoy outdoor activities.

Explore Park City:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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photo of Brigham YOUNGBrigham YOUNG (1 June 1801, Whitingham, Vermont, USA (Jacksonville) - 29 August 1877, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
female ancestorDelcena JOHNSON (19 November 1806, Westford, Vermont, USA - 21 October 1854, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
photo of Daniel Dewey CORBETTDaniel Dewey CORBETT (16 May 1807, Strong, Maine, USA - 26 June 1892, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
photo of Ester Melita JOHNSONEster Melita JOHNSON (12 January 1828, Pomfret, New York, USA - 15 March 1876, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
female ancestorEllen MARSHALL (17 March 1836, Willenhall, Metropolitan Borough of Coventry, West Midlands, England - 10 May 1888, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
female ancestorMary Helena STEVENS (11 September 1838, Highgate, Vermont, USA (Highgate Center) (Highgate Springs) - 11 April 1915, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
male ancestorJean Francois Picotte De Bellestre MCDONELL (27 February 1841, Huntingdon, Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada - 10 November 1920, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
male ancestorCarl Johan LUNDBERG (19 September 1845, Helsingborg, Skåne, Sweden - 8 April 1921, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
male ancestorTheodore F TIMBY (May 25 1846, Darien, New York, USA - January 11 1939, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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male ancestorHerman REW (22 January 1839 - 16 September 1916) and female ancestorPolly Ann PULCIFER (29 March 1849 - 21 August 1928) married 15 October 1864
photo of John Fewtrell Wylde DETTON John Fewtrell Wylde DETTON (2 July 1844 - 11 December 1904) and female ancestorCaroline Karen Nielsen ANDERSEN (23 February 1852 - 16 May 1904) married 31 July 1871
photo of Edward Archibald GALBRAITH Edward Archibald GALBRAITH (04/12/1854 - 06/17/1928) and female ancestorAnn SHARP (20 July 1858 - 3 April 1942) married 8 February 1875
photo of John Lye GIBB John Lye GIBB (16 September 1848 - 17 December 1920) and photo of Hannah SIMMONS Hannah SIMMONS (16 December 1855 - 14 September 1941) married 31 January 1878
photo of William Edwin HOPE William Edwin HOPE (22 June 1862 - 6 April 1934) and photo of Lucy Jane HIGLEY Lucy Jane HIGLEY (10 February 1865 - 11 March 1942) married 11 May 1882
male ancestorLars Christian JOHNSON (12 August 1843 - 20 November 1919) and female ancestorMatilda MADSEN (3 June 1861 - ) married 24 August 1882
male ancestorDavid Thomas STRATTON (26 November 1866 - 5 December 1927) and female ancestorCaroline Mary DITTMORE (21 February 1867 - 11 August 1915) married 20 September 1894
male ancestorWalter Stevens MCDONELL (25 December 1870 - 1 September 1943) and photo of Ida Reynolds DAY Ida Reynolds DAY (12 February 1876 - 23 October 1976) married 14 June 1900
photo of Carson Owen DRAPER Carson Owen DRAPER (10 March 1895 - 10 January 1977) and female ancestorAnn Artell STRATTON (26 July 1895 - 29 September 1971) married 28 February 1917

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