Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Developments

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twelveby Brad Westwood Salt Lake City’s west side was the location of businesses, homes, tenement houses, hotels, transportation hubs, government buildings, schools, and early non-Mormon religious communities. The Salt Lake County Courthouse was built a block north of the park on 156 West and Second South. The county constructed the jail right next to …

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 …

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 …