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Located at 89 North D Street in Salt Lake City, this building was constructed circa 1891. It housed the Peoples Market when this image was taken by the Salt Lake County Assessor in August 1936.
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Business Affidavit for Arctic Circle, 1950. Salt Lake County Clerk, Business Affidavits, 1919-1962, series CL-034. Original records at Salt Lake County Archives.
Thank you to everyone that has commented or called about the Arctic Circle blog entry posted on August 9!
This Arctic Circle was built in 1950 at 135 East 900 South in Salt Lake City. It started out as a 420 square foot building, and on an early tax appraisal card was taxed for its plate glass windows, air conditioning, and neon tubing signs. According to the Arctic Circle restaurant’s website, this was the first of founder Don Carlos Edwards’ restaurants that he called the Arctic Circle. There are now Arctic Circles across 7 western states.
By 1953, the building had almost tripled in size and had neon tubing, 4 neon signs, and menu signs with lights.
Coolest of all, the restaurant had a “car hop control room” on the roof. It can be seen on the left in this photograph taken in 1953.
In 1959, another addition was built on to the existing structure. This Arctic Circle restaurant was still flipping burgers and making fry sauce at this location up until at least 2016 (if anyone knows exactly when it closed, please let us know!).
Arctic Circle does claim to be the inventor of the famed fry sauce and also the creator of kids meals.
Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs. Serial 1-92. Salt Lake County Archives.
Arctic Circle History: acburger.com/company/history.html. Accessed 08-08-2018.
If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely noticed pictures of our official mascot, Rusty.
Rusty works hard here at Salt Lake County Archives; mostly he does it in hopes that he’ll be rewarded with treats.
Rusty is a therapy dog (licensed with Therapy Dogs International). This means he is highly skilled at getting petted. He has attended conferences and sits in on meetings, but mostly he provides moral support.
One of our archivists, Michaele, rescued Rusty 10 years ago. Shortly after that they moved to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary, returning to Utah and to the Salt Lake County Archives in 2016. He is a well-traveled dog, having driven cross country twice (well, rode along). He has also flown to archives all over the country, including the National Archives in Seattle, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Maryland, as well as several smaller archives in Pennsylvania and Washington State.
*no animals or records were hurt in the creation of this blog post.
Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith, Archivist, Salt Lake County Archives.