Category Archives: Utah history

Happy Birthday, Government Center!

2017 marks the 30th birthday of the Salt Lake County Government Center. Located on State Street at 2001 South, the Government Center consists of the North and South buildings and houses most of the agencies within the County.  In December … Continue reading

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Days Gone By: Salt Lake Pioneer Village

Recently, we have been researching some original Sugar House businesses and found the Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal records for the Salt Lake Pioneer Village, which was originally located in Salt Lake City on 3000 South 2150 East (2998 Connor … Continue reading

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In our last blog entry, we highlighted the “Remembering Granger, Utah” Christmas tree that was created by a regular researcher at the Salt Lake County Archives.  Sheri Biesinger used images from the County Tax Appraisal Photographs as ornaments to decorate … Continue reading

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H.W. Lawrence

While doing research for the soon to be released expanded Ghosts of West Temple online exhibit, we came across many intriguing stories that couldn’t all fit in the exhibit. We thought we would share some of those stories on this … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: The Conclusion

McVey routinely applied for mitigation of his sentence, and was routinely denied. In August 1918, while one such application was under consideration, McVey escaped from prison. McVey and another prisoner, Abdula Ali, walked away from work outside the prison walls. … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: Installment Three

McVey and Burns had become friends in the Nevada State Prison. Burns, “a highway man by reputation,” was released in April of 1911. According to the Salt Lake Telegram, he recognized McVey as “being a man of iron nerve and … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal

While going through the correspondence of the Salt Lake County Board of Commissioners, we came across the letter below. It was a request from the County Sheriff to the Board asking them to approve a reward for the arrest and … Continue reading

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