Salt Lake City, often referred to as SLC, is the capital and most populous city in the state of Utah. SLC lies at the center of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area which, as of 2014, had a population of approximately 1,153,340 people. Salt Lake City is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, the other being Reno, Nevada.

Early History

SLC was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, George Washington Bradley and numerous other followers of the Mormon faith. Originally called “Great Salt Lake City” due to its close proximity to the eponymous lake, the word “great” was abandoned in 1868 by the 17th Utah Territorial Legislature. In the past, SLC has been called the “Crossroads of the West” due to the extensive emigration of international members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, various mining booms and the establishment of the first transcontinental railroad.

The Original Inhabitants

Before Mormons began settling Salt Lake City, the region was inhabited by the Shoshone, Ute and Paiute Native American tribes who had lived in the valley for thousands of years. The first U.S. explorer in Salt Lake City is believed to have been Jim Bridger in 1825. Less than a week after arriving in the Salt Lake valley, Brigham Young designated the building site for the Salt Lake Temple, a now famous Mormon and SLC landmark.

Salt Lake City Today

SLC is home to several museums, including the Church History Museum, the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway. Additionally, the University of Utah’s campus is home to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Leonardo is a new art, science and technology museum in SLC.

Salt Lake City also boasts the Pioneer Theatre Company, the Plan-B Theatre Company, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the Department of Modern Dance. “The Sandlot” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” are two of many films to have been filmed in the SLC area.

Salt Lake City is home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, the MLS’ Real Salt Lake and the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. Trujillo, Peru; Turin, Italy; and Thurles, Ireland are three of SLC’s 11 sister cities.

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