Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is located in the north-central part and is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. State of Utah. The Crossroads of the West. Salt Lake City is a popular winter sports resort. It is a haven for skiers and winter sports lovers and the average snowfall in the mountains is 500 inches. In 2002 the city hosted the Winter Olympics. Maybe the city is most known to the world for being the center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church. Salt Lake City is home to the NBA-team Utah Jazz and home to the Fortune 500 company, Huntsman Corporation. About 7 million people visit the city every year.

To See And To Do In Salt Lake City

  • Temple Square
  • Trolley Square
  • The Church History Museum
  • Downtown
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Sugar House Neighborhood
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum
  • Utah State Capitol
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • This Is The Place Heritage Park
  • Great Salt Lake State Park
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • The Living Planet Aquarium
  • Salt Lake City Main Library
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Skiing
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hill Aerospace Museum
  • Children's Museum of Utah
  • Salt Lake City and County Building
  • Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium

History Of Salt Lake City - Timeline

In 1776, Silvestre Vélez de Escalante from Spain was the first European to explore the area. In 1824, a man named John Chugg visited the area and in 1843 and 1845, the U.S. Army officer John C. Frémont explored the site.In 1846, the Donner Party, a group of 87 American pioneers, traveled through the area.

In 1847, Brigham Young and a group of people from the Mormon Church settled down in what is now Salt Lake City. Brigham Young, who led the church for 33 years, had a vision of the valley before visiting the area. When they arrived at the valley he said, "this is the right place, drive on". Within a year, thousands of Mormons came to the site and settled.

In 1850, the newspaper "the Deseret News" was founded. In 1851, the city was formally organized as "The City of the Great Salt Lake".

In 1853, the construction of the Mormon Temple started. In 1856, the city became the territorial capital. In 1857, President James Buchanan ordered the United States Army to invade Utah and many church leaders were imprisoned. Tensions had escalated between Mormons and other Americans because of the polygamy accusations and the theocratic rule of the Utah territory by Brigham Young. Brigham Young had refused to stand down as governor of Salt Lake City and this led to the start of the Utah War 1857 to 1858.

In 1861, the telegraph came to the city. In 1868, the city was renamed to Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name.

In 1869, the railroad was completed and people began to pour into Salt Lake. Other ethnic groups and people with other religions now came to the city to work in the copper, silver, gold, and lead mines.

In 1870, the daily newspaper "the Salt Lake Tribune" was founded as "the Mormon Tribune". In 1872, there were mule- and horse-drawn trolley rides in the city. In 1889, the trolleys became electric. In 1890, the Mormon Church renounced polygamy.

In 1892, the Mormon temple, Temple Square, was completed. In 1896, the city became the state capital. In 1915, the State Capitol building was completed. In 1922, the first radio station, the KSL, began broadcasting. In 1940, the Utah Symphony Orchestra was founded in Salt Lake City. In 1948: the first television station, KDYL, began broadcasting.

In 1968, the airport was given the name Salt Lake City International Airport. In 1979, the Utah Jazz basketball team moved from New Orleans to Salt Lake City. In 1995, Salt Lake City was chosen to host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.