Utah Stories from the Beehive Archive

Beehive Archive - Utah Journey Stories

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Beehive Archive - Utah Journey Stories


Journey Stories - including migration, mobility, transportation, or travel - to or from or through or within - Utah.


Beehive Archive episodes produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street tour of the "Journey Stories" exhibition through Utah in 2014-2015. Episodes are created by the Utah Humanities Council and its community partners.


Utah Humanities Council edits and sources episodes for the production of the Beehive Archive.

Items in the Beehive Archive - Utah Journey Stories Collection

"One Vast Contiguity of Waste": Ute Relocation to the Uinta Basin
Learn about the forced relocation of Ute people from lush central Utah to the remote Uinta Basin.  In the mid-19th Century federal Indian policy shifted from Indian Removal toward the reservation system.  The result for many Native groups,…

Illustrating the West
They say a picture is worth a thousand words... Artists got people moving West by idealizing both the journey and the destination.  The mapmaker for the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco, created the first known map of Utah…

Utopian Dreams: Russian Pioneers in Park Valley
A group of Russian pioneers sought a place to build their religious colony far from cities and government interference. Where else would they come but Utah? “Invest Dimes and Reap Dollars in Park Valley, Utah!”  That was the promise of the…

Iosepa: An Unlikely Hawaiian Home
The voyage of Hawaiian Islanders to the windswept desert of Skull Valley could only have happened in Utah.   Once established in Utah in 1847, the Mormon Church drew thousands of new converts who came to build a new home in “Zion.”  By the…

Weathering the Road
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…

William Rishel’s Bike Ride
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…

"Tieing" Utah Together
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…

The Bear River Massacre
The Bear River Massacre was an event that changed the landscape of northern Utah and the fate of the Shoshone people.In the early morning cold of January 29, 1863, between 270 and 400 Shoshone men, women, and children were killed by the U.S. Army…

The Crossing of the Fathers
One of the goals of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition was to find a northern route to the Spanish missions in Monterey, California from the Spanish colonial stronghold of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Led by two Franciscan friars named Silvestre Velez de…