Current Challenges and Developments in a Post-Industrial Neighborhood: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Thirty-Threeby Brad Westwood Since the mid-1990s, the Pioneer Park neighborhood has gradually redefined its identity from that of a transient and impoverished area, to a more permanent and economically stable area. Like all change, the neighborhood has both gained and lost much in this process. Change is a constant in the Pioneer Park neighborhood. …

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 …

The West Side’s Pioneer Park Amenities

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Thirtyby Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark The Pioneer Park neighborhood offered several amenities to Utah residents and tourists alike. After 1909, the park had one wading pool for women and one for men. It also had a framed bandstand that hosted musical performances on weekends. A craft house also welcomed the young and old …

Eight Themes Offered

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post ThreeBy Brad Westwood Historical themes allow us to understand the past by drawing connections to larger events and historical contexts.  Braided together in this serial history are eight reccurring themes. We define them here. One theme that is evident throughout the series is “homeland.” Throughout Utah’s history, many people have considered the Salt Lake …

African Americans and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-fiveBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Above photo was taken by Ray King, Salt Lake Tribune photographer, in 1944 at Salt Lake City’s segregated USO Club for African Americans. African Americans contributed to Utah’s religious, social, and cultural heritage. Despite the severe obstacles they faced, African Americans living in the West Side established churches, …