History of Fort Douglas

Jami Balls With the onset of the Civil War, President Lincoln called all regular troops from frontier duty to fight against the South, leaving the Overland Mail Route vulnerable to Indian attacks. Accordingly, he appointed Colonel Patrick E. Connor to the Third California Volunteer Infantry and directed him to establish a post near Salt Lake City in order to protect …

History of Provo

Jami Balls Provo City is situated in Utah Valley, an area just south of Salt Lake City that traditionally was home to part of the Ute Indian tribe. The Utes settled in villages close to Utah Lake both for protection from northeastern tribes and to attain fish, their primary food source. Fathers Escalante and Dominguez, the non-American Indians men to …

History of Snow Basin

Jami Balls Following the slowing of World War I and the Great Depression, the 1930s experienced a phenomenal growth in skiing interest. Small resorts sprung up throughout Utah’s snow-packed mountains with the installation of primitive tows. This encouraged Weber County to develop the area of Wheeler Basin into a ski resort. Some badly deteriorated watershed lands were restored and the …

History of Ogden (Ice Sheet)

Jami Balls In 1845 trapper Miles Goodyear established the first permanent settlement in Utah. He built the small fenced structure of Fort Buenaventura near the confluence of the Ogden and Weber Rivers and claimed the land approximating the Weber County borders. In 1847, Brigham Young sent the families of James Brown and Lorin Farr to purchase this settlement just north …

History of Deer Valley

Jami Balls In February of 1936, the Salt Lake Junior Chamber of Commerce held “Park City’s first winter carnival” on a north-facing hillside at the head of Deer Valley. The Denver and Rio Grande sent a “snow train” up to Park City with more than 500 visitors to join in the festivities of the day. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) …

History of Park City

Jami Balls The first discoveries of precious metals in the mountains around Salt Lake City appeared in the early 1860s. Colonel Patrick E. Connor of Fort Douglas instigated the search, encouraging his men to prospect with the purpose of bringing non-Mormons into the Utah Territory. The first recorded claim of the Park City Mining District was the Young American lode …

The Peoples of Utah, Selected Bibliography

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY compiled by Phil Notorianni African American Bringhurst, Newell G. “An Ambiguous Decision: The Implementation of Mormon Priesthood Denial for the Black Man — A Reexamination,” UHQ 46 (1975): 45-64. Clark, Michael J. U.S. Army Pioneers: Black Soldiers in Nineteenth-Century Utah. Salt Lake City, 1981. ________. “Improbable Ambassadors: Black Soldiers at Fort Douglas, 1869-99,” UHQ (1978): 282-301. Coleman, Ronald …

U. S. Senators from Utah

Class 1 U. S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. Frank J. Cannon, Republican Time in Office: January 22, 1896–March 3, 1899 . . Thomas Kearns, Republican Time in Office: January 23, 1901–March 3, 1905 . . George Sutherland, Republican Time in Office: March 4, 1905–March 3, 1917 . . William …

Facts: Brief History Post

BRIEF HISTORY OF UTAHRon Rood and Linda Thatcher Utah’s thousands of years of prehistory and its centuries of known recorded history are so distinctive and complex that a summary can only hint at the state’s rich heritage. The synopsis offered here follows major themes in Utah history and includes some of the significant dates, events, and individuals. Unique Setting Prehistory …

Ethnic Cultures in Utah

African Americans Built Churches Utah’s Early African American Farmers Improbable Ambassadors: Black Soldiers African Americans at Fort Douglas Hotel Served Basques & African Americans Hispanic Folk Practices Early Greek Immigrants Greek Sheepmen The Greek Midwife Magerou Scandinavian Life in Utah South Slav Community in Midvale The Fall of Skliris, “Czar of the Greeks” Mining and the Immigrants Japanese Farmers in …