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  • Meek's Cutoff
    Meek's Cutoff - a long way from the destination and nothing to do but walk
    Meek is a guide for a small wagon train of three wagons composed of three couples each and one child on the Oregon Trail in 1845.Meek has gotten them lost, though he won't admit it.They're in very dry territory and they're running out...
  • Cupertino’s Captain Elisha Stephens and his misspelled life
    Cupertino’s Captain Elisha Stephens and his misspelled life
    The year is 1841. Forty-year-old fur trapper, explorer, farmer, blacksmith, hunter, guide, soldier, and mountain man Captain Elisha Stephens is elected to lead the first group of wagon trains over the Sierras into California, before Fremont,...
  • Wilford Woodruff
    Wilford Woodruff's reflections: 1850, 1851 and 1856
    In 1889, Wilford Woodruff became the fourth prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout his life he kept an extensive journal, and at the end of some years, summarized his religious views. Below are major...
  • Image of Salt Lake's Social Hall in 1858
    Social Hall Museum showcases archaeology of Mormon pioneers
    Nestled among the high-rises of downtown Salt Lake is a small museum showcasing an archaeological excavation of one of the oldest public buildings in Utah. The Social Hall museum houses the foundation and remains of the original Mormon Pioneer...
  • Not by bread alone the journal of Martha Spence Haywood 1850-56
    Book review: Not by bread alone the journal of Martha Spence Haywood 1850-56
    One method to explore the history of Salt Lake City is to read the journals of some of the early Mormon residents. Some of these journals have become relatively widely available through publication or availability through online digital libraries....
  • Entrance to the Pipe Spring National Monument Visitor Center and Museum.
    Ever Hear of Pipe Spring, Arizona?
    Where is Pipe Spring? Pipe Spring is located in Arizona's Mohave County, near the Arizona-Utah boundary, and is approximately 350 miles from Central Phoenix. Take Interstate17 North to Flagstaff. TakeRoute89 North to Junction 89A. Head West...
  • Sego Lily
    Sego Lily: pretty and delicious
    Sego Lilies (Calochortus nuttallii) are Utah’s State Flower, and for good reasons. This pretty and editable plant was an important food source for both the Native Americans and the early Pioneers. Sego was likely named for the last portion...
  • Salt Lake City & County Building, 1923.
    Salt Lake City and County Building: Free Tours
    The construction of the Salt Lake City and County building was very controversial during the late 1800s. The building was designed to be grandiose and to rival the elaborate design of the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple; it was designed to be the non...
  • Chinese dragon in a dragon-dance
    Plum Alley: Salt Lake's Chinatown (now a parking terrace)
    Not many know about Salt Lake’s Chinatown that once occupied Plum Alley, a narrow alley running north and south between 100 and 200 South Streets and between State and Main Streets in downtown Salt Lake City. Restaurants, laundries, grocery...
  • Artesian Well Park, 800 South and 500 East in Salt Lake City.
    800 South artesian well served pioneers and people today
    A small hidden treasure near downtown Salt Lake City is an artesian well used by early Utah settlers as well as people in the present dayfor refreshing pure natural spring water. Situated at the corner 800 South and 500 East in Central City...
  • Learn to make prehistoric toy deer and other prehistoric items at the volunteer archaeology meetings
    Join the volunteer archaeologists for a convention at Fort Douglas
    The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS) will hold their annual statewide convention at Fort Douglas Military Museum, in Salt Lake City, June 11-13, 2010. Individuals and families are invited to attend, and perhaps join, the USAS...
  • Dr. Tim Scarlett describes the Frederick Petersen pottery site and his 2005 excavation project.
    Pioneer pottery heritage under Downtown Salt Lake
    The downtown area of Salt Lake City has changed dramatically since early pioneer settlement. What was once considered to be far-off industrial or farmland is now regarded as part of downtown proper. In 2005, an archaeological excavation showed...
  • Dry Creek at Nerfs Grove. A hidden historical spot in Sandy adjacent to shopping malls and State St
    Hidden history in Sandy: Neff's Grove
    Hidden among the pavement, shopping malls, and highways in the Sandy commercial district is a small quiet grove with a prominent past. Currently known as Neff’s Grove and located just west of State Street at 10250 South in Sandy, Utah, this...