Eight Themes Offered

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post ThreeBy Brad Westwood Historical themes allow us to understand the past by drawing connections to larger events and historical contexts.  Braided together in this serial history are eight reoccurring themes. We define them here. One theme that is evident throughout the series is “homeland.” Throughout Utah’s history, many people have considered the Salt Lake …

African Americans and Salt Lake’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stores: Post Twenty-FourBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark The above photograph was described by the photographer as “Wright’s Card Club, Blacks, at 313 E. 8th S. [Salt Lake City, Utah], April 27, 1945; Ray King, photographer; Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection; Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. The west side was the beginning place for …

African Americans and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-fiveBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Above photo was taken by Ray King, Salt lake Tribune photographer, in 1944 at Salt Lake City’s segregated USO Club for African Americans. African Americans contributed to Utah’s religious, social, and cultural heritage. Despite the severe obstacles they faced, African Americans living in the West Side established churches, …

Introducing Salt Lake West Side Stories

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post OneBy Brad Westwood Welcome to this serialized and illustrated history of the Salt Lake City’s old west side. This blog consists of over thirty posts and scores of images, all presented on-line to tell the story of a very unique area of downtown Salt Lake City. This series consists of short, quick-to-read segments. Expect …