Category: Salt Lake History

Temple Square Renovation Update

If you’ve heard of Salt Lake, you’ve likely heard of Temple Square. This recognizable center for the buildings of worship are located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake and serve as the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people visit Temple Square every…

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The Top Pioneer Day Events in Salt Lake

The Founding of Salt Lake City and the 24th of July History Pioneer Day, a Utah state holiday, rivals Independence Day here for the amount of celebration and sheer enthusiasm. Every year, July 24th commemorates the day in 1847 when the first group of intrepid, trail-tested pioneers reached the Salt…

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Adam Sklute and Ballet West's Nutcracker

Fifteen years ago, Adam Sklute was serving as the Associate Director of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, IL. “In 2007, I got a tiny email asking if I would be interested in applying for the Artistic Directorship of Ballet West.” Call it fate, destiny or pure chance, but it seems that this relationship…

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Salute To Amazing Salt Lake Women for Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month, and the Utah Women’s Mural commissioned by Zions Bank for the side of the Dinwoody building in Downtown Salt Lake City is more than just a nod to The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. The piece, which was directed and created…

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Salt Lake Olympics

Truly a great moment in Salt Lake history, the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games happened 20 years ago this month. At the same time the world is turning their eyes to the Beijing Olympic Games, we are celebrating the legacy of incredible games here at home. With events in Salt Lake and all…

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Salt Lake’s LGBTQ Bars

Salt Lake serves as a bastion of progressiveness, playfulness, and pride. In fact, the city's been listed by Advocate magazine as one of the Ten Queerest Cities in America! The city holds one of the biggest and best-attended Pride parades and festivals around, with Pride Week festivities attracting…

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Salt Lake Then and Now

Salt Lake has seen a lot of changes since its founding in 1847. From a pioneering past, to the innovation of transcontinental rail, to women’s suffrage (Utah was the second state in the country), to cancer and rocket research to the Silicon Slopes. While our city was known for little more than…

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Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Celebrations in Salt Lake

This is the “Year of the Train” and all of Utah is buzzing with excitement about the 150 th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. In 1869, the last spike—a golden spike—was ceremoniously driven into a polished laurel tie at Promontory Summit to commemorate the joining of…

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Raelene Davis

The Greatest Snow On Earth® has a particular gravity, and here in Salt Lake we’re fortunate that the pull of the snow brings some of the best people on the planet. Raelene Davis has been enthusiastically promoting Utah’s snow at Ski Utah since 1985, currently VP of Marketing, and we’re lucky to have…

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A Bird’s Eye View of Salt Lake

Flying into the Salt Lake International Airport gives you a rare bird’s eye view of Salt Lake, but we’re here to give you a unique view of our beautiful city. No US state capital can boast the same kinds of scenic views and backdrops that set the stage of Salt Lake. With the city sitting on the…

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Is Salt Lake Getting the Olympics Again?

The 2002 Winter Olympics were a party of such epic proportions that those weeks stand out in nearly every Utahn’s mind as one of the most exciting things to hit our fair state since shaped skis and fried scones. Utah’s good citizens revelled in the international spotlight, with an incredible…

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National Parks as Far as The Eye Can See

Okay, here’s a little disclaimer. These national parks and monuments technically aren’t in Salt Lake. But they’re definitely close enough by that if you’re already here, you need to make the trip. Did you know that there are 60 national and state parks within four hours? For adventure junkies…

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Utah's Rum Underdogs

"At the age of thirty-seven, I did one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do," says Distillery 36 co-owner Jon Gregersen. "I came out of the closet as a distiller." This came as a complete surprise to his large religious family, who he says have maintained a "let's just not bring it up…

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Gallivan Center Plaza

25 Years at The Gallivan Center: Yours to Celebrate

The John W. Gallivan Utah Center (Gallivan Center) celebrated its 25 th Anniversary in 2018. That’s 25 years of free and inexpensive community-friendly events to include weekly jazz concerts, summer outdoor big band dances, Food Truck Thursdays, Salt City Sounds concert series, summer Lunch Bunch…

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Historic Sites in Salt Lake

One of the best ways to get to know a place is to dive into its history, and Salt Lake City is no different. This town is a fascinating blend of old-time heritage and contemporary melting-pot, and the historic sites Salt Lake citizens take pride in reflect that. Whether you have kids in tow or…

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Angela H. Brown

Angela H. Brown is the kind of person who reflects and creates culture, and she’s the most recent feature in our Salt of the Earth series. As a stereotype-breaking example of ‘born and raised in Salt Lake,’ Angela has made our city her home, and she’s helped engender the lesser-known side of the…

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Bad Brad Wheeler

Familiar voice on the radio, blues musician who’s played with Willy and Joe McQueen, and Salt Lake mainstay, Brad Wheeler is another Salt of the Earth character. Brad is easy to spot—at 6ft 7in and bearded like Brigham with a hat that often tops it all off, “Bad” Brad Wheeler stands as a singular…

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History of Salt Lake

A Brief History of Salt Lake City, Utah So what are the best things to do in Salt Lake City, anyway? To answer this question, we’re going to have to go back and learn a little bit about the town’s history. History buffs, buckle your seatbelts. Okay, it’s not going to be that long of a lesson. But…

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