Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City is one of the famous places in the United States. It is noted because it is the city of the Mormons, and near it is great Salt Lake. It is the capital city of Utah and has a population of about 95,000. It covers 25 square miles of ground, and is 4,354 feet above sea level. In 1847 the Latter Day Saints, later known as the Mormons, laid out the city. You will recall that this religious sect migrated from New York westward under the leadership of Brigham Young. After various difficulties, Young and his followers took up the land where Salt Lake City now stands. Here, in what had been a desert country, they built up a thriving community. One of their practices was for each man to have as many wives as he could support. The Mormons still control this section, and a large part of Utah. In the heart of the city is the Temple Block. This is the Sacred Square of the Mormons. Here is located the great Temple with its six beautiful spires. It is this building you see directly in the center of the background. It is 186 feet long and 99 feet wide, and was 40 years in building. It cost almost $3,500,000, and it seats 8,000 people. It has housed as many as 4,000 more. Great Salt Lake is 18 miles distant from Salt Lake City. It is a sheet of water 80 miles long, and from 20 to 30 miles wide. It is generally shallow, its average depth being only about 13 feet. It is over 4,000 feet above sea level. The queer thing about this lake is that it will float the human body. This is because of the density of the water due to the mineral salts in it. Three rivers flow into it, but none flow out. All the water escapes by evaporation. This accounts for its saltness. It has a number of islands, the largest of which is 18 miles long. For what is Salt Lake City noted? Keystone ID: 2454 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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