Chinese Americans on Plum Alley and on the West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-ThreeBy Brad Westwood Chinese immigrants were the largest group of laborers working on the Central Pacific Railroad (CPR). Commencing in Sacramento and ending at Promontory Summit, Utah, Chinese immigrants made the completion of America’s Transcontinental Railroad possible. Initially, the contractors for the Central Pacific Railway cautiously hired Chinese laborers to supplement white most Irish …

Latino/as and the West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-NineBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Latino/as who lived in twentieth-century Utah faced discrimination and unstable employment options that negatively affected their lives. However, their dedication to community-building and hard work helped them to establish themselves in Salt Lake’s west side and far beyond. The 100% American nativist sentiments (a belief in protecting established …

Brokers of Human Capital

Salt Lake Westside Stories: Post Nineteenby Brad Westwood Many early American immigrants first heard about Utah and the American West from steamship and labor agents whose work was similar to modern-day employment recruiters. The steamship and labor agents attracted laborers by offering to pay for their transportation costs. In return, laborers signed a contract that required that they pay a …

Latinos and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-EightBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the 1880s, many Latino/as arrived in Utah territory. It was largely railroad companies and later agriculture that drew Latino/as into Utah’s economy. In 1881, the first railway linked Mexico to the American Southwest. American corporations built and mainly controlled Mexico’s first major railroads. By the 1890s, rail …

Benevolent and Mutual Aid Societies, Fraternal Orders, and Labor Unions and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twentyby Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark The growth of Utah’s industries and the influx of economic immigrants, created a demand for new community-based services including churches, stores, taverns and boardinghouses. Benevolent and mutual aid societies were part of these services. Another common aspect of life on the west side were mutual aid or benevolent …

Economic Immigrant Communities’ Impact on Salt Lake City

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-OneBy Brad Westwood The arrival of later economic immigrants, from across the United States and around the globe, to Utah and the Pioneer Park nieghborhood, created conflicts with the Mormon Church’s all-encompassing societal ideal. Salt Lake City’s west side was considered one of the poorest and rowdiest neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley. With …

Pioneer Park Neighborhood: The Wellspring of Modern Salt Lake City

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Eighteenby Brad Westwood In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as one of the world’s largest economic engines. It was railroading, mining and industry, that attracted thousands of economic emigrants to Utah, that allowed Utah to be part of this larger economic story. The United States’ emergence as an industry …

Japanese Americans on the West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-SevenBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the late nineteenth century, Japanese American immigrants arrived in Utah seeking employment opportunities. Initially, many worked for railroad companies that previously employed Chinese immigrants. Many Japanese Americans made their mark by opening businesses, participating in their temples and churches, and participating in Utah’s civic life. Japanese migrants, …

Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Jewish immigrants and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-TwoBy Brad Westwood Many of the west side’s earliest immigrants found employment in mining, transportation and smelter industries. Others brought and sold goods essential to frontier life. This segment speaks to the Cornish, Irish and Jewish American Communities who lived and worshiped on the west side. Many immigrants left their homelands because of famine …

Immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-Six By Brad Westwood During the second industrial revolution (1865-1920), the United States absorbed a large population of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe. These new pioneers, joined other immigrant groups in working in Utah’s expanding mining, industrial, and transportation sectors. Most of Utah’s Italian immigrants arrived in Utah beginning after 1880s.  The majority …