Historical Markers in
Salt Lake County, Utah

20th Ward Meetinghouse A Moment in Time A Private School House Agriculture Alfred W. McCune Mansion Alta Club Building Anderson Tower Andrus Halfway House and Farm Answering the Call Assembly Hall Beehive House Bertolini Block Big Mountain Bingham Canyon Bingham City Cemetery Veterans Memorial Brigham Young Historic Park Brigham Young’s Office Broadway Hotel B'nai Israel Temple Calder's Park Capitol Theatre Carlisle Family Historical Marker Cathedral of the Madeleine Cedar Tree Central Warehouse Building Chase Mill Church Administration Building City Creek Commercial Street Congregation B'Nai Israel Congregation Montefiore Copperton Community Methodist Church Council Hall Crane Building Daniel Cowan Jackling Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station Deseret Hospital and Quilt Museum Deseret Telegraph Office Devereaux House Dinwoodey Cabinet and Chair Shop Dinwoodey Pottery Shop Donner Hill Donner Trail 1846 Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp Park Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon Dudler's Inn Dudler's Wine Cellar Eagle Emporium Building Eagle Gate 1859 Early Magna Settlements Early Monuments Early Riverton and the Magnificent Dome Church Edward H. Harriman Edward Snelgrove Boot Shop Eliza R. Snow - Leader of Pioneer Women English Fort Ensign Peak Ensign Peak Ern and Molly Green Cabin Fairbanks Home Federal Reserve Bank First National Bank Building First Presbyterian Church Salt Lake City First Security Branch of Wells Fargo Fort Herriman Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse Fur Trappers and Traders Gardner's Saw Mill Gibbs-Thomas-Hansen Home Gibbs-Thomas-Hansen House Godbe-Pitts & Company Drugstore Gordon Place Granite Settlement Granite-Butler Church Grave of Brigham Young Great Salt Lake Base and Meridian Great Salt Lake City Station Great Salt Lake Social Hall Handcarts Hastings Cutoff - Utah Outlet (Jordan River) Heber East Ward School Henderson Block Herald Building Hollywood Apartments Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother Honoring with Glory Hooper and Eldredge Bank Hotel Utah Hunter In Honor of Brigham Young and the Pioneers In Ten Days or Less... Irrigation Station Jewkes-Draper Home John Gardiner Cabin Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal Joseph Smith Memorial Building Kearns - St. Ann’s Orphanage Kimball-Whitney Cemetery L.D.S. Tenth Ward Square Last Camp Site Learn About The Pony Express Legacy of the Black Pioneer Lest We Forget Liberty Park Lincoln Arms Apartments Lion House Madsen Furniture Company Major General George P. Holm Manti Fort Gristmill Mary Fielding Smith Home McIntyre Building Millrace Mingo Smelter Mining Modern Irrigation Morgan Commercial & Normal College Mormon Pioneer Monument Mormon Tabernacle Morrison-Merrill Lumber Company Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Building Murray Smelting Native American Village Nauvoo Bell Nelson Wheeler Whipple House New Grand Hotel New York Hotel Niels and Josephine Anderson Home North Jordan Canal Odd Fellows Hall Old City Hall Orson Pratt Observatory Ottinger Hall Ottinger Hall and Firehouse Park (Rio Grande) Hotel Patrick Dry Goods Company Building Peery Hotel Pine Valley Chapel Pioneer Camping Grounds Pioneer Children’s Memorial Pioneer Flour-Mill Site Pioneer Home Pioneer Memorial Museum Pioneer Pavilion Pioneer Rock Church Pioneer Silk Industry Pioneer Square Pioneer Telegraph Office Pleasant Green Ward Plugging into Water Pony Express Goes to the Olympics Pony Express Station Primary Children’s Hospital Relief Society Granary Riverton Tithing Yard Hill Rockwell Station Rocky Mountain Goat Lookout Salt Lake and Utah Railroad Salt Lake City & County Building Salt Lake City and County Building Salt Lake City High School Salt Lake Herald Building Salt Lake Stock & Mining Exchange Building Salt Lake Stock and Mining Exchange Salt Lake Temple Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain Shaving Parlor Silica Beds Sisters of the Holy Cross Smoot Hall at Brigham Young Academy Social Hall South Butler School South Jordan Settlement St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral St. Mark’s / Westminster School of Nursing Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant Stamp Mill Foundation Statue of Massassoit Temple Granite Quarry Temple Quarry Amphitheater Temple Stone Quarry Templeton Building The 18th Ward Chapel The Bee-Hive House The Beehive House The Cedar Tree Shrine The Constitution Revered The First Statewide Pioneer Day Celebration The Flag of the United States of America The Lion House The Mormon Battalion The Old Clock The Old School House The Old Sugar House The Salt Lake Theatre The Spanish Explorers The Town of Bingham Canyon This is the Place Monument This Is The Place Monuments Thomas Butterfield Thomas L. Kane Thomas Phillip White Cabin Tithing House Transcontinental Railroad Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church Twentieth Ward School Union Fort Unsung Heroes Utah Idaho Sugar Factory Utah's First Fort Utah's First Pioneer Burial Site Warm Springs Welby Welcome to the Cottonwood Heights Historic Walk Welcome to the Temple Quarry Trail Welcome to the Temple Quarry Trail West Jordan West Jordan Industry West Jordan Pioneer Church West Jordan Settlement Westgate Fine Arts Center Willard T. and Caroline Y. Cannon House William Atkin Home William Staines and William Jennings Your Roots Z.C.M.I. (Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institution)
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The state is known for its national parks, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. However, one lesser-known park is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, which commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Salt Lake County, located in the state of Utah, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes such as the Ute, Shoshone, and Paiute. These tribes thrived in the region due to the abundance of natural resources, including the Great Salt Lake and fertile lands provided by the Jordan River.

In the mid-19th century, Salt Lake County experienced a significant transformation with the arrival of Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young. Seeking religious freedom, the Mormons established Salt Lake City as their permanent settlement in 1847. Under Young's leadership, the city became the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the capital of the Utah Territory.

As the population of Salt Lake County grew, economic development expanded. The pioneers constructed irrigation systems to cultivate the arid land, enabling farming and the establishment of small towns throughout the county. The area's natural resources, such as timber, mining, and later on, petroleum extraction, also contributed to its economic growth.

Salt Lake County played a significant role in the national stage during the early 20th century. It was the center of the Progressive Movement and witnessed social and political reforms. The county also hosted important events, such as the 2002 Winter Olympics, which brought international attention to the region. Today, Salt Lake County remains a vital cultural, educational, and economic hub in Utah, preserving its history while embracing modern progress.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Salt Lake County, Utah.

  • 1847: Salt Lake County is founded by Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young
  • 1850: Salt Lake City becomes the capital of the Utah Territory
  • 1869: The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed, bringing economic growth to the county
  • 1870: Salt Lake County's population reaches over 20,000
  • 1892: The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is completed
  • 1902: The Great Salt Lake is designated as a wildlife refuge
  • 1920: Salt Lake County's population exceeds 200,000
  • 2002: Salt Lake City hosts the Winter Olympics, bringing international attention to the county