Pacific Coast Souvenir, 1888.


34. SALT LAKE CITY. (Elevation, 4320 ft.) Salt Lake City, with its notable public buildings, elegant private residences, and substantial business houses, lies upon the low western foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, near where they melt into the plain of the great Salt Sea. It has a population of about 25,000, and is the centre of quite a large mining and agricultural community. The old Mormon temple, built while the railroad was still a thousand miles away, was, and indeed still is, on account of its vast seating capacity, wonderful organ, and unique style of architecture, one of the great attractions of the town; and the new temple, now approaching completion, is one of the most solid and imposing edifices in the western country. The wide, straight streets have streams of clear, living water running through the town and away out into the country, giving the place a cleanly, bright aspect, and furnishing irrigation to the long rows of ornamental shade trees that line almost every thoroughfare.

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