How 7 Salt Lake City Neighborhoods Got Their Names

Once known for being an ultra-religious Mormon stronghold and not much else, Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, is having a moment. As it slowly sheds its teetotaling, conservative past, SLC is becoming a destination for craft beer, arthouse movies, and coffeehouse culture. But Salt Lake City also has a rich and compelling history, and its pioneers played a major role in the westward expansion of the United States. Read on to learn more about this dichotomous—yet somehow harmonious—city by the Great Salt Lake.

1. THE MARMALADE DISTRICT

Just north of downtown, on Salt Lake City’s Capitol Hill, you’ll find the Marmalade Hill Historic District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. They’ve laid on the charm here, with Italianate, Carpenter Gothic, and Russian-influenced architecture sprinkled throughout. It’s also one of Salt Lake City’s LGBT-friendly neighborhoods, along with the avenues just to the east. The Marmalade District got its adorable name thanks to the names of its streets, some of which are named after fruits, themselves referencing the orchards once planted there by the city’s founders. (The 19th century pioneers who settled Utah were big on preserves, understandably—such as marmalade.) Fruit-themed streets in the Marmalade District that have survived to the present day Quince Street, Almond Street, and West Apricot Avenue.

2. SUGAR HOUSE
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Another one of the city’s oldest districts is Sugar House, established in 1853. Not long after its founding, the Deseret Manufacturing Company set up shop in an old smithy in the neighborhood, aiming to avoid the high cost of importing sugar to the Utah Territory from the Midwest by processing beets into refined sugar. The construction of the factory was plagued by delays, and when it was finally finished, the machinery didn’t actually work. The building was converted into a paper mill in 1856.

But the name Sugar House, suggested by the mayor’s wife, stuck, and subsequent building projects were also christened with it, including the now-defunct Sugar House Prison and later the Sugar House Park that replaced it. When the neighborhood’s Sprague Library was dedicated in 1928, Mayor John F. Bowman suggested at the ceremony that Sugar House be rebranded as “South East Salt Lake City.” His idea was rejected.

3. AGRICULTURAL PARK

In 1902, the Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star reported that “The Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society of Utah … now proposes to hold all State fairs at the Agricultural park on the western outskirts of Salt Lake City. A $30,000 permanent building will be erected in the spring.” This fair had begun in 1856 as an “agricultural sermon” intended to “encourage the production of articles from the native elements in Utah Territory,” and was held irregularly in various offices and LDS meeting houses until the legislature bought the aforementioned agricultural park—known thereafter as the Fairpark. (Records for an early incarnation of the fair show that it awarded prizes for best boar, best pair of woolen hose, best six brooms, best map of Utah, best shoelaces, best penmanship, best fall pear, and best sweet potato, among other categories.)

Folks mostly refer to the whole area as Fairpark now, but some real estate types still use its earlier name—Agricultural Park—to talk about a select triangle of Fairpark southwest of the Jordan River and down to North Temple and Redwood Road. The city limits have expanded since 1902, of course; no longer on the city’s outskirts, the Fairpark neighborhood now sits roughly in the center of SLC. By the way, the $30,000 building mentioned in the Latter-Day Saints Millennial Star article—a mix of Beaux Arts and Mission styles known as the Horticulture Building until it was renamed Promontory Hall in 1977—still stands at the entrance of the Fairpark.

4. THE GRANARY DISTRICT

Once an industrial area, the emerging Granary District is named for its colossal grain silos, which served the area’s once-numerous flour mills in a past life. Left to decay for decades after the rail lines moved west, the neighborhood has benefited from a recent redesign campaign, and it’s become a haven for artists and entrepreneurs who’re attracted to its gritty personality. These days, the Granary District is better known for its indie breweries , hip coffee shops, and Granary Row, an annual street festival that comprises a beer garden, food trucks, and pop-up shops housed in shipping containers.

5. EMIGRATION OAKS

Although it sits just outside of Salt Lake City proper, abutting the city’s northeastern border, Emigration Oaks and the adjacent Emigration Canyon play an important part in SLC’s history. The small township takes its name from a 18-square-mile swath of woods, which itself is so named for the emigrants who passed through it and the canyon in the 1840s. These included both the Mormons and the ill-fated Donner-Reed Party that forged a route across Emigration Canyon, en route to California, a year before Brigham Young and his pioneers led their own wagon trains through the rocky terrain. (Nearby Donner Hill is named for the groups’ leader, George Donner; they climbed it afer having given up on the canyon, a decision that may have doomed the group.)

Young himself would later lead between 60,000 and 70,000 more Mormons from the Midwest to the Salt Lake Valley through this region—Mormons who, in turn, built around 400 settlements, including Salt Lake City. Today, the area is known both for its tony new mansions and its offbeat vintage architecture, such as the Pink Garage—once the supposed gangster hideout of Prohibition-era bootlegger Cleveland Bunnell Lester.

6. PEOPLE’S FREEWAY
Edgar Zuniga Jr. via Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Located just south of downtown Salt Lake City, People’s Freeway is sort of like the southern half of the Granary District—or perhaps it’s the Granary that seems to be rising out of a portion of People’s Freeway. This neighborhood is known for its affordability, its mass transit, and, unsurprisingly, its easy access to the freeway, with I-15 forming its western boundary and two major freeway entrances within its borders. It’s also got great old diners and dive bars—as well as Smith’s Ballpark, which hosts minor league and university baseball games.

7. HARVARD-YALE

Like the Marmalade District, the Harvard-Yale neighborhood is another SLC district known for both its architectural jewels and themed street names. Also called Yalecrest, the area features streets named for Ivy League universities, such as Princeton, Yale, and Harvard Avenues. The neighborhood’s homes are largely from the late 1800s and early 1900s, with English Cottage and English Tudor styles featured prominently. The area was once used as farmland by Salt Lake City’s early settlers and is overwhelmingly residential today, having served as a home base for many LDS church leaders, business executives, and the well-to-do in general. The whole district has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2007, although a single home within Yalecrest—a Prairie School-style bungalow formerly belonging to 8th LDS president George Albert Smith—has held its own spot on the National Register since 1993.

8. WASATCH HOLLOW

Located in southeast Salt Lake City, the community of Wasatch Hollow is named for a valley—or hollow—created by the Wasatch Mountains, which stand over the city from the east. The Wasatch Range itself is named after a Ute (a local Native American people) word meaning “mountain pass” or “low pass over high range.” Established in the 1920s, the neighborhood is mainly residential, although the “15th & 15th” business district boasts several popular restaurants. (“Wasatch Hollow” and “15th & 15th” are sometimes used interchangeably.)

9. ROSE PARK

Rose Park’s name isn’t terribly imaginative, but involves a cute story. In the 1940s, the area’s developer set out to realize his vision of a neighborhood laid out (vaguely) in the shape of a rose, with short residential streets curving around one another like petals. The main street, American Beauty Drive, was supposed to make it a long-stemmed rose. The dedication to this idea was so intense that all the houses’ roofs originally had either red or green shingles. One the most ethnically diverse areas in the state, Rose Park is in full bloom these days after a period of economic depression, and Salt Lakers appreciate its affordable real estate prices, huge community garden, and excellent Latin food. The layout has grown and changed since the ‘40s and isn’t really shaped like a rose anymore, but the idea is preserved in the names of the streets, which are different varieties of roses: Capistrano, Topaz, and Nocturne, to name a few.

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Salt Lake City Is A Great Place To Call Home

With towering mountains on one side and the Great Salt Lake on the other, Salt Lake City is surrounded by beauty. The incredible views are only one of the many reasons why it is a great place to call home, however. There are a lot of things to love about this beautiful city in Utah.

One thing that makes Salt Lake such a great place to live is that there are a lot of jobs to go around. Unlike other parts of the country where work is scarce, you can usually find a job within a very short period of time. In recent years, a lot of tech companies have started moving to the area, bringing good jobs along with them. If you are looking for steady employment, there is no better place to be.

If you love to ski, Salt Lake has a lot to offer. The city is surrounded by some of the most famous ski resorts in the country. For instance, Park City, Utah is located just a short distance from the city and is world renowned for its incredible skiing.

Even if you don’t enjoy winter sports, there is still a lot to do in the area. If you love shopping, there are a lot of amazing stores in the city that carry just about anything that you might need. You can also spend time dining at some of the amazing restaurants that the area has to offer.

Unlike other big cities, Salt Lake generally doesn’t have a lot of problems with traffic. You can usually get wherever you need to go quickly without running into any major delays or congestion.

If you are looking for an affordable, friendly city to call home, Salt Lake City is definitely worth a closer look.

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Salt Lake City Residents Invited to Wildfire Simulation

Salt Lake City residents are invited to an interactive, three-dimensional wildfire simulation Saturday morning to prepare them for wildfire season.

The 10 a.m. event will teach attendees about potential patterns and problems that could arise in case of a local wildfire, according to a news release from the Salt Lake City Fire Department, and will be held at the city’s Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East.

A device, called a “Simtable,” generates the simulation by allowing participants to use an actual lighter to start a heat-sensored, computer-generated wildfire, the release says.

Residents living in the Avenues, Foothill and East bench areas are “particularly encouraged” to attend, the release says, due to the threat of wildfire sprawl near their homes.

Biskupski Orders Resignation of Salt Lake City’s Longtime Uta Trustee

SALT LAKE CITY — Under orders from Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City’s longtime representative on the Utah Transit Authority’s board of trustees has resigned.

Keith Bartholomew — an associate professor of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah who served 13 years on the UTA board as an appointee under the tenures of former Mayors Rocky Anderson and Ralph Becker — submitted his resignation during the board’s meeting Wednesday.

The reasons why Biskupski called for Bartholomew’s immediate resignation, however, vary depending on who you ask.

Bartholomew says the mayor obviously wasn’t impressed with his representation of Salt Lake City.

“She said I have done absolutely nothing for Salt Lake City in the whole time I’ve been on the UTA board,” Bartholomew said in an interview Thursday — a concept he contests.

“This is my lifeblood,” Bartholomew said. “I live, eat and breathe planning and transportation and transit. … Being able to offer that in a policy setting is very meaningful to me. I think I have something of value, given my experience, but I guess that didn’t sit well with the mayor.”

Biskupski was not available for comment Thursday, but her spokesman, Matthew Rojas, said the “primary” reason the mayor called for Bartholomew’s resignation was because she had concerns about the length of his term and the circumstances under which he was last appointed.

Under state law, UTA trustee terms run for four years, then they’re up for reappointment or replacement by their appointing agencies. In Bartholomew’s case, he was last appointed by former Mayor Ralph Becker in 2015.

But Rojas said the mayor became concerned when her staff wasn’t able to find any records within City Council minutes affirming Bartholomew’s last appointment.

“We couldn’t find any documentation that he went through the advice and consent process in 2015,” Rojas said. “In all honesty, the reason why this happened is because it was brought to our attention that he has been serving on the board longer than he should have been serving. That was the primary reason why he was asked to resign.”

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Rojas said he “didn’t know why” Bartholomew would say Biskupski disliked his performance.

While Bartholomew said there may have been a technical “lapse” because of the apparent lack of City Council consent in 2015, he did receive signed approval from Becker to continue serving on the UTA board. Otherwise, he legally wouldn’t have been able to continue his term.

Either way, Bartholomew said Biskupski’s staff began investigating his appointment after he and the mayor talked last week — a conversation from which Bartholomew gathered Biskupski wasn’t fond of his performance on the board.

Bartholomew points out that over the last 13 years, UTA’s services have been concentrated in population-dense areas including downtown Salt Lake City, as well as South Salt Lake, Midvale and Murray.

However, Bartholomew added that his job wasn’t to act solely on behalf of Salt Lake City’s interests — but also as a trustee member devoted to the overall success of UTA.

“I wasn’t there to bring home the bacon for Salt Lake City,” Bartholomew said. “It was my job to be a responsible board member, looking out for the health and well-being of the entire agency.”

That’s a goal Bartholomew believes he accomplished alongside other UTA trustees, while also representing the city that appointed him.

In his resignation letter, Bartholomew pointed out that over the past 13 years, UTA expanded from two rail lines to six, with more than 6,300 bus stops. He said over the past 13 years, UTA’s ridership has grown by 32 percent.

“The rail and bus expansions … make it possible for tens of thousands of people to get to and from where they live, work, educate and play,” he wrote in his letter. “That improvement in access to opportunities has improved the lives of countless citizens in Salt Lake City and around our region.”

But Bartholomew’s resignation comes amid a troubled time for UTA.

The agency reached a nonprosecution agreement with federal prosecutors earlier this month in exchange for UTA’s cooperation in a criminal probe into former UTA board members and possible misuse of taxpayer funds and development around train stations.

Bartholomew said during his conversations with Biskupski, she had expressed concern about UTA’s “erosion of public trust.”

“I share those concerns,” said Bartholomew, who’s served on the board throughout UTA’s most controversial times.

“When people within the agency abused and violated the rules, they were caught, and consequences were forthcoming,” he said. “Granted, we all wish we could have caught them sooner. We wish they didn’t happen in the first place.”

He pointed out UTA now has policies in place to increase its transparency and provide “more checks to ensure integrity.”

When asked if concerns about UTA’s past had anything to do with calling for Bartholomew’s resignation, Rojas again said the “primary” reason was concern over the trustee’s term.

Bartholomew said he was disappointed by Biskupski’s call for his resignation but understands it’s in the mayor’s purview to choose an appointee.

“It’s the mayor’s choice,” he said. “It’s her prerogative. And that’s fine.”

Rojas said Salt Lake City doesn’t yet have a replacement lined up but will begin the process to seek a new appointee.

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