Bibliography on The History of Polygamy

Some of the best historical information has been published by the Utah State Historical Society. Published by the Utah State Historical Society: Beehive History, vol. 1-27. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society. History Blazer, Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1995–96. Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 1-69. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1928–2001. Utah Centennial County History …

The Wives of Brigham Young

Who was Brigham Young’s “Favorite Wife?” The oft asked question about the practice of polygamy in early Mormon history is: How many wives did Brigham Young have? The question isn’t as easily answered as asked. When polygamy was a part of Mormon culture, there were different types of marriages or “sealings.” It is hard to determine how many wives Young …

The Mormon Trail: A Photographic Exhibit

Curated in 1997 by Linda Thatcher During the 1800s more than 500,000 emigrants crossed the Western plains hoping to find a new and better life for a variety of reasons. One of the largest groups to move west was the Mormons. From 1847 to 1868, 70,000 Mormon pioneers made the trek on foot, in wagon trains, or handcart companies to …

History of Soldier Hollow

Jami Balls Soldier Hollow at Wasatch Mountain State Park is a scenic recreational area in Heber Valley. Prior to the 1850s the Timpanogos Utes, who lived around Utah Lake, used Heber Valley as an important summer hunting ground. The first non-American Indians to visit the area were members of the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776. About fifty years later, trappers entered …

History of the Stockade and Salt Lake’s Red Light District

Jami Balls Commonly referred to as “the oldest profession,” prostitution holds a long and intriguing position in Utah history. The general feeling at the beginning of the 20th Century considered it as a “necessary” evil that could never be eliminated, but merely controlled. Laws existed mostly to satisfy middle-class morality, but normally, it was confined to a specific part of …

History of the Delta Center

Jami Balls Around the turn of the 20th Century, Utah experienced a tremendous influx of immigrants to work in the booming mining and railroading industries. Thousands of the immigrants were Mediterranean and experienced intense discrimination. Greeks specifically were paid less, segregated in railroad gangs, assigned the more dangerous work, and prohibited from living in certain areas. Therefore, they usually concentrated …

Fremont Excavation Site at Medals Plaza

Jami Balls The Utah Transit Authority sponsored the dedication of plaques located at the Delta Center TRAX Station on November 21, 2000 to commemorate the discovery of a Fremont Indian site by workers constructing the light rail system. Initially the discovery in the middle of South Temple Street from 200 to 300 West posed a set back to the work, …

History of Kearns (Oquirrh Park)

Jami Balls In consequence of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Air Force determined that large training bases should be located far inland so that they would not be vulnerable to coastal attack. Almost equidistant from the three major western ports of Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and about halfway between Canada and Mexico, northern Utah sat …

The University of Utah, Utah’s First University

Jami Balls On February 28, 1850, the General Assembly of the provisional state of Deseret declared their intention to establish a university and appointed members to a Board of Regents to select a site. They chose an area of about 560 acres on the east bench of the city. With a growing demand for children’s education, the newly settled Mormons …

Fort Douglas-University of Utah Relations

Jami Balls On February 28, 1850, the General Assembly of the provisional state of Deseret declared their intention to establish a university and appointed members to a Board of Regents to select a site. They chose an area of about 560 acres on the bench east of the city, including what is now the main campus, a portion of Federal …