Benevolent and Mutual Aid Societies, Fraternal Orders, and Labor Unions and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twentyby Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Above image caption: The Salt Lake City office of the Modern Woodmen of America, a workers’ fraternal life insurance organization, was located in 1911 in an upper floor office of the Bamberger Building (163 So. Main St.). Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society, Shipler Photographic Collection (Neg. …

Chinese Americans on Plum Alley and on the West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-ThreeBy Brad Westwood Above photo caption: Based on information provided on a Salt Lake Tribune folder, the above image was described simply as the “Yee Family, Plum Alley.” What we know for certain is that the image was taken on January 9, 1946 by Chinese American Tribune photographer Ray King. The photo backdrop is …

“Rails East to Ogden:” Abandon Cultural Landscapes, Historical Archaeology and One of USA’s “Unknown National Treasures”

Date: 07.12.2021 (Season 3, Episode 8; 1:20 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece Episode. The cropped image above is taken from a map entitled, “The Promontory Branch of the First Transcontinental Railroad in Utah, 1869 – 1904,” published in 1981 and republished in 1994, BLM Utah Cultural Resources Series #8 Rails East to Promontory, …

Latinos and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-EightBy Brad Westwood, Cassandra Clark and Catherine Aviles Above image capton: Two men accompany “Señorita Chicana 1971” (Miss Chicana 1971) at “Adelante [Ahead!]: A Plan for Action Conference,” held Oct. 29-30, 1971, in the Salt Palace. Elio Rios from Puerto Rico (left) is the ony individual identified in this image. This gathering was sponsored …

SLC’s Latinx Population, Environmental Racism: A West Side Story, Past & Present

Date: September 20, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 11; 49:26 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above image is a screenshot of USU’s spatially layered interactive map of Salt Lake City which demonstrates the overlap between pollution hotspots, Latinx Populations and mid-century mortgage redlining boundaries. Are you interested in other episodes of …

Japanese Americans on the West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-SevenBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the late nineteenth century, Japanese American immigrants arrived in Utah seeking employment opportunities. Initially, many worked for railroad companies that previously employed Chinese immigrants. Many Japanese Americans made their mark by opening businesses, participating in their temples and churches, and participating in Utah’s civic life. Japanese migrants, …

Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Jewish immigrants and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-TwoBy Brad Westwood Many of the west side’s earliest immigrants found employment in mining, transportation and smelter industries. Others brought and sold goods essential to frontier life. This segment speaks to the Cornish, Irish and Jewish American Communities who lived and worshiped on the west side. Many immigrants left their homelands because of famine …

Latino/as and the West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-NineBy Brad Westwood, Cassandra Clark and Catherine Aviles The image above is of four Mexican railroad workers, circa 1915-1920, presumably somewhere in Utah. Courtesy of the Helen Z. Papanikolas People of Utah (1976) Collection, Utah State Historical Society. Latino/as who lived in twentieth-century Utah faced discrimination and unstable employment options that negatively affected their …

Brokers of Human Capital

Salt Lake Westside Stories: Post Nineteenby Brad Westwood Many early American immigrants first heard about Utah and the American West from steamship and labor agents whose work was similar to modern-day employment recruiters. The steamship and labor agents attracted laborers by offering to pay for their transportation costs. In return, laborers signed a contract that required that they pay a …

Economic Immigrant Communities’ Impact on Salt Lake City

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-OneBy Brad Westwood The arrival of later economic immigrants, from across the United States and around the globe, to Utah and the Pioneer Park neighborhood, created conflicts with the Mormon Church’s all-encompassing societal ideal. Salt Lake City’s west side was considered one of the poorest and rowdiest neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley. With …

Pioneer Park Neighborhood: The Wellspring of Modern Salt Lake City

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Eighteenby Brad Westwood In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as one of the world’s largest economic engines. It was railroading, mining and industry that attracted thousands of economic emigrants to Utah, that allowed Utah to be part of this larger economic story. The United States’ emergence as an industry …

Immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-Six By Brad Westwood During the second industrial revolution (1865-1920), the United States absorbed a large population of immigrants from eastern and southern Europe. These new pioneers joined other immigrant groups in working in Utah’s expanding mining, industrial, and transportation sectors. Most of Utah’s Italian immigrants arrived in Utah after the 1880s.  The majority …