Diverse Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Utah is Divided
Utah is a diverse state, divided into Northern Utah and Southern Utah.
The north is all mountains, lakes, streams, and pine trees. That is the setting for the state capital, Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847 by a group of Mormons pioneers. The pioneers, led by Brigham Young, were the first non-Indian to permanently settle here.
The Mormons came to the valley in search of a home where they could practice their religion free of persecution. When Brigham Young first saw the valley he said, “this is the place.”
The California gold rush brought more emigrants; also soldiers were stationed here in the 1850s. By 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed. Many people traveled the rails to see “the city of Saints.”
From 1860 to 1920s, hundreds of copper, silver, gold, and lead mines were opened, bringing more and more people with each passing year.
Salt Lake City began to assume its present character in the early 1900s. The state capitol building and many other historic buildings were constructed.
Eagle Gate, which had served to mark the entrance to Brigham Young’s estate, was reconstructed to allow traffic to flow. City parks, sewer systems and streets were made and paved.
From 1900 to 1930 the population of the city nearly tripled. It has never stopped growing.
Today it has the look of all modern large cities, old areas redeveloped and new office buildings, and downtown shopping centers. The Salt lake International Airport is always expanding. A Trax light-rail system was added. The freeway was recently expanded to make more room.
It is anked one of the best environments for business, high technology and software firms is among the highest in the nation. The 2002 Olympic Winter Games sparked robust growth. The world is welcome here to enjoy the past, present and promising future.
Temple Square: A Heavenly Place
Downtown Salt Lake City is just like most big cities. Companies are leaving and moving out, into the malls.
Salt Lake City has one advantage; people come from all over the world to see the LDS (Mormon) Temple, and Temple Grounds.
The LDS Temple was started in 1853 and done all by hand. It was not finished until 1892. Within their area it is called Temple Square. The beautiful flowers and grounds are tended all of the time.
At Christmas, each tree and shrub is covered with over one million tiny lights that twinkle in the snowy dark of night. It takes several months of preparation for this one event. They come on at Thanksgiving and off after New Years.
The Temple Square takes a lot of time to explore, any time of the year, with free guides, or self-guided tours each day. Listen to live performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the old Tabernacle. This wonderful old building, with its giant organ. (Not the same one as on TV).
Tour the new 21,000 seat conference center and its giant organ (that you do see on
Search for your ancestors at the family search center or their library, one of the largest history libraries in the USA.
Have lunch or dinner at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
This is the Place
Located on the east bench of Salt Lake City, the park marks the end of the 1300 mile trip on the Mormon trail.
Here Brigham Young stopped his carriage in July 1847 and declared “this is the place.” To commemorate that event, a monument was erected.
The Old Desert Village is collection of more than 40 historic homes and buildings. The village is brought to life by historical interpreters, in pioneer dress, recreating life in the mid-1800s, in Salt lake City, Utah.
This is ihe Place also features early Spanish explorers, mountain men and Native Americans. The monument and visitors center is open year round. Old Desert village is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
This is a beautiful place to come. It has many statutes that tell the stories. You can spend a lot of time just looking and reading about the history, past. Bring your family and your camera.
Located at 2106 Sunnyside Ave. (across the street from the zoo)
The Great Salt Lake
Only the Dead Sea is saltier. The Great Salt Lake is 17 miles west of Salt Lake City on I-80. It is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. The lake’s salt content varies but percents have been as high as 27%, compared to the ocean at 3%.
This lake is a remnant of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which was 20,000 square miles during the ice age.
Current day Great Salt Lake is 1700 square miles, measuring 75 miles long and 28 miles wide, with a depth of 34 feet, where it is the deepest.
The salt content is so high fish can not live in it. The mineral industry extracts 2 million tons of salt from the lake each year.
Morton Salt Company is one of them. Now you know where your table salt and water softener salt comes from.
Utah wetlands surround the Great Salt Lake, making its ecosystem one of the most important resources for migratory and nesting birds. Currently the only people enjoying the lake are those with sail boats. The salt content is too high for motor boats.
With drought conditions for a number of years, the shore line is about 2 miles out to the water. So no facilities are set up for swimming. You can really float in the Great Salt Lake.
Kennecott Copper Mine – The World’s Largest
There is something fascinating about heavy equipment moving tons of rock and ore around. You can experience it yourself when you take a tour of the working mine.
The Kennecott Copper Mine visitor’s center gives you the most spectacular view possible of the largest open pit, man-made copper mine excavation on earth.
You can peer 2000 feet below into the open mine pit, and watch the world’s largest earth moving equipment go about their jobs.
If you could get in one of the trucks it would be like a two story building, on wheels, with you in the driver’s seat.
This is one of the top rated visitor centers with a lot of educational things to see and do. Inside is a museum where you and your family can take part in interactive displays and exhibits on mining, including displays of how copper is used in your everyday life.
There is also an 80 seat theater, featuring the up-dated 14 minute video tour of the mine and its history. Bring your camera and take your picture in front of the giant tire that came off of one the big trucks. Open 7 days a week for April-October.
There is a small fee, but all proceeds go to charities.
Dinosaurs, Largest Display in the World: Museum at Thanksgiving Point
Millions of years ago, dinosaurs rumbled across the landscape of what is now the state of Utah.
Thousands of remnants of the prehistoric era are carefully preserved and interpreted in sites, museums and quarries across the state.
Thanksgiving Point is a dinosaur museum with the largest dinosaur display in the world, with over 60 mounted dinosaur skeletons, full hands on experience, beautiful fossils and much, much more.
This is so much more than another museum, with flower gardens, concert barn, stores and cafÃ©. It even has one of the most renowned golf courses.
The world’s largest dinosaur museum has a mammoth 3-D screens theater for all the popular movies and more.
This is a hub of activity at all times. Schools, from sounding states, bus children in to take part in this great display.
Bring the children and plan on being here all day. Visit the museum and get ready for the ultimate dinosaur museum adventure ever.
Located: exit 287 off I-15 at Lehi, Utah
20 minutes south of Salt Lake City.