Pioneer Day is upon us. For LDS members this means sparklers, banned fireworks, Jello salad, funeral potatoes; and three-legged races with enormous numbers of cousins. But few LDS members and nonmembers know the details of how and why approximately 25,000 early church members migrated to the hostile Mexican territory in the Great Basin area now known as Utah. Why did … [Read more...]
San Rafael Secrets: What Did Madame Marie Curie Do in the Middle of a Utah Desert?
High-quality uranium brought Madame Curie to Emery County Deep in the San Rafael Swell lie the lonely stone remnants of the Temple Mountain townsite, a remote cluster of stone cabins where Marie Curie, aka Madame Curie, once lived for a short time. Long before Charlie Steen struck it rich with his discovery of uranium in Moab during WWII, ushering in the age of the atomic … [Read more...]
100-Year-Old Wasatch Mountain Lodge Hidden in Dense Forest of Big Cottonwood Canyon
If you’ve ever skied Brighton Resort, chances are you’ve glided right past the two-story, almost 100-year-old Wasatch Mountain Lodge without even knowing it. Located on the hillside above Brighton Inn, just a few hundred yards from the Milly Express lift, this large, log structure is hidden in dense forest. “I first became acquainted with the Lodge three years ago same day … [Read more...]
A Brief History of the Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake was born Lake Bonneville ― the massive inland sea that covered the entire area that is now the Salt Lake Valley, Provo/Orem Valley, and well north of Ogden. The sea extended as far North as Idaho and South to Nevada. It was 150 miles from east to west and 250 miles from north to south. Its shores extended high on the east “benches” and its waves lapped … [Read more...]
Mark Hofmann’s Forgeries in the Rare Coin World Still in Circulation Today
Murder among the Mormons is the new Netflix film Directed by Jared Hess. The documentary film depicts the life of Mark Hofmann. The film does not spend much time on how Hofmann began producing successful forgeries of coins as young as fourteen. Hofmann's early forgery career was almost exclusively in coins and rare Mormon currency and he likely created hundreds of … [Read more...]
What Do Donald Trump and Joseph Smith Have in Common?
The short answer is they were both presidential candidates accused but never convicted of inciting riots. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints founder Joseph Smith had a similar anti-establishment attitude to Trump when it came to federal power and how it is wielded in Washington. And Smith certainly wanted to “drain the swamp” but in a manner that is very … [Read more...]
Have Utahns Forgotten Their Industrious Pioneer Ways?
Will we adopt California’s identity if we don’t define it ourselves? Does Utah and the West still have an identity? Are we standing up for who we are? And what we want? Or are we likely to become culturally, politically, and religiously like California? Politics flows downstream of culture, and for decades California has defined and created the culture of the west. … [Read more...]
Utah’s Identity Crisis: Will Crony Capitalism Define Utah’s Future?
Get the story behind the settlement and development of the Great Basin in this episode of the Utah Stories Show that dives deep into Mormon Pioneer history and the community building efforts of the early pioneers. Find out what they had right, that we have largely forgotten. Why is this relevant today? Utah has now more tech jobs per capita than any other state. Our … [Read more...]
Astonishing Discoveries about Utah Indians
Climate Change in Paleolithic America Resulted in Massive Lifestyle Changes Americans are always changing our lifestyle habits: especially in how we live and what to eat. Every year there is a new fad diet and more people make drastic changes such as living in vans or tiny homes to live the dream of a nomadic life, less attached to the “burdens of society or “working for the … [Read more...]
Thomas Kane Diverts U.S.-Utah Showdown
One hundred and sixty-two years ago, a small-statured and often sickly thirty-six-year-old Philadelphian lawyer rode through Echo Canyon eastward to find an army and negotiate a peace in a last-ditch, unofficial effort to avert a civil war. He’d already sailed from the east coast of the United States to Panama, where he’d ridden the railroad across the isthmus to the Pacific … [Read more...]