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Salt Lake City


Photograph of Salt Lake City ca. 1913

Library of Congress. Via Wikimedia Commons

Salt Lake City (111.909W 40.768N) was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, who led thousands of Mormon refugees westward from Illinois after the murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. It was the center of a rich agricultural region in 1941, with limited industrialization. Important mineral resources were located in the immediate area, such as the Bingham Canyon mine and the Little Green Monster phosphate mine. It was also an important communications center.

Fort Douglas was located east of the city center, in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains close to the University of Utah. Established in 1862, the fort served primarily as a prisoner of war camp during the Pacific War. Salt Lake City Army Air Base (111.978W 40.788N) was also active during the war, becoming Salt Lake City International Airport postwar.

Rail connections

American Fork

Bingham

Ogden

Magna

Oil pipeline connections

East Coast

Climate Information:

Elevation 4260'

Temperatures: Jan 35/17, Apr 62/38, Jul 92/61, Oct 66/40, record 105/-20

Rainfall: Jan 10/1.3, Apr 9/2.0, Jul 4/0.6, Oct 7/1.5 == 16.3" per annum


References

FortDouglas.org (accessed 2011-4-5)

Pearce and Smith (1990)

 
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