Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive

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The 1940 assassination in Mexico City of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky has an odd Utah connection in Joseph Hansen, whose journey took him from a childhood in Richfield, Utah, to the deathbed of one of the most important leaders of the 20th…

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Once a major transportation hub, Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande Train Depot has served its community well over the last century.   The Rio Grande Train Depot in Salt Lake City was built in 1910.  Once a major hub of transportation, the building…

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The stagecoach is a legendary symbol of the American West, part of a transportation network that spanned the continent.  How did Utah fit into this network?  Traveling to Utah was difficult – to say the least – in the mid-19th Century.  Major…

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You’ve heard of record-making aviators Charles Lindberg, Amelia Earhart, and even the Wright Brothers. But who was Russell Maughan?   Born and raised in Logan, Utah, Russell Maughan was a fighter pilot in World War I, and later served as a test…

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Utah’s interurban railroads were the predecessors of light rail in Utah.   At the height of the railroad age, Utah was criss-crossed with rail lines.  Many of these were established to haul freight, but most of them also provided passenger…

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Chinese immigrant laborers built the railroad from California to Utah.   On May 10, 1869 the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads joined at Utah’s Promontory Point, completing the first transcontinental railroad system in the United…

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Airplanes played a pivotal role in attracting tourism to one southern Utah town.   On September 27, 1920 the first airplane cast its shadow over Cedar City, Utah.  Who was flying it?  And why were they flying there?   In the early 1920s,…

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Think about your daily travel routines. What would you do without well-maintained roads, air-conditioning, or ways to entertain the kids?  Did you know that 86% of American commuters drive cars to work and spend an average 50 minutes each day on the…

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The 100-mile summer bike ride of William Rishel and Charlie Emise across the Great Salt Lake Desert almost ended in disaster.  In 1896, to promote his growing chain of national newspapers, publisher William Randolph Hearst cooked up a wildly…

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Utah’s mountain ranges were raided and its rivers put to work in order to build the national railroad system.  When the transcontinental railroad came to Utah in 1868 and 1869 – and as branch lines later spread through the territory – railroad…

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In the early days of motoring, traveling by automobile was all about adventure.    America’s love affair with the automobile began with young men like Alva Matheson.  Born in Cedar City in 1903, Alva Matheson began hankering for a car at age…

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Migration and travel have shaped Utah. And Utah has shaped the way we migrate and travel. Literally. Over time, travel routes through Utah have tended to stay the same.   Utah’s ruggedly beautiful landscape draws admiration and visitors, but has…

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Like many Utahns, Harold Seeholzer loved snow and skiing. But how did his enthusiasm for outdoor recreation turn into one of Cache Valley’s most notable ski resorts?In the late 1930s, Harold and a few local ski fanatics engineered the first…

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Are you a bicycle commuter? Do you appreciate riding smooth roads on the way to work? Learn how cyclists fought to get Salt Lake City roads paved back in 1901.Salt Lake City is recognized nationally as a Bicycle Friendly Community, with more than 80…

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Find out why the Bank of Vernal, built in 1916, is nicknamed “The Parcel Post Bank”.The US Post Office allows its customers to mail many things besides a simple letter. But the largest object ever moved through the US mail system was a bank. Not…

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The story of the Pony Express, a western mail route that traversed Utah, and its short but sensational history.One hundred fifty years ago, the Pony Express mail service operated between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The Pony…

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The celebration of the first all-weather road in Boulder, Utah, also celebrated the end of the small town’s isolation from the rest of the state. The remote location of the town meant that supplies and mail had to be transported on horseback or…

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Salt Lake City mayor, Ab Jenkins, was known for his fearless racing speeds along the Salt Flats in Tooele County.On Labor Day 1950, Utah native Ab Jenkins broke a bundle of national and world speed records on Utah's salt flats.  He was 67.Born in…

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The hundred-mile-long Lucin Cutoff was engineered using earth and wood to allow trains to cross the Great Salt Lake.In 1904, trains began rumbling across the Lucin Cutoff, a unique specimen of railroad engineering that except for brief contact with…

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A steamboat called City of Corinne has been called the “most imposing boat that has ever sailed the Great Salt Lake”.In 1871, the Steamboat City of Corinne was launched into the wide channel of the Bear River near the settlement that shared its…
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