Templeton Building

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Templeton Building

Salt Lake City’s first “Skyscraper”

The Templeton, a six-story brick and stone building constructed in 1889-1890, was designed by Joseph D. C. Young, a son of Brigham Young and a graduate of Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.  The impressive structure was erected by Zion’s Saving Bank and Trust Company and helped establish Salt Lake City as an important regional banking center.  The bank occupied the the main floor while the upper part was occupied by the Hotel Templeton.

This luxury hotel, with a dining room overlooking the city from the top floor, did not survive the financial panic of 1893 and the building was retrofitted for office use.  until its demise in 1959 the building housed offices of lawyers, dentists, music teachers, architects, and other businesses.  It was replaced by the 18-story Kennecott Building – reclad in 2007 and now known as the Zions Bank Building.

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Emma Olive Dobbs Home


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Emma Olive Dobbs Home

This one-and-one-half story Victorian style house was built c.1905-1910 by Emma Olive Allsop Dobbs. Emma moved with her husband, John James, and their five children, from South Jordan to Sandy in 1880. It appears, however, that she did not build this home until at least five years after John’s death in 1990. After living here a few years, she married Thomas Dryburgh and moved to his home in Salt Lake City. Emma then sold the house to her brother-in-law, George Albert, who in 1921 sold it to his sister, Fannie Marie Allsop, and her husband Charles M. Anderson. Fannie later sold the home to her son, Wallace, in 1935. Wallace preceded his mother in death (1944), and title was transferred to his widow, Clara, and son, Reid, in 1945. The property was purchased by Dee and Marilee McDonald in 1950.

An excellent example of the Victorian eclectic style with central block and projecting bays, the house’s character-defining features include decorative brick work, galvanized roof ridge caps and finials or or hip knobs, asymmetrical facade, and a classically detailed front porch with Tuscan columns.

Other Historic Sandy posts.

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600 South Main


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600 South Main, Springville, Utah

There is a school and an old house here but they are about to knock it all down and I heard put a Walmart here so I wanted to grab some photos while it is still possible.  I don’t know the history of the home yet but I’ll add that here when I find it.

I’ve heard a few rumors about the house now.

01. It was once a hotel/ brothel on the railroad line that ran down main street.

02. A lady named Tamma Durfee Miner Curtis lived there in the early years of Springville. She is the Grandmother of …literally thousands.

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Sugar House Monument


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Sugar House Monument

Sugar House Monument
Erected in recognition of the first effort made to manufacture beet sugar in Western America.

With dauntless perseverance through severe hardships the machinery was brought from Liverpool, Eng. To this place, where in 1853 the sugar mill was constructed.

May the spirit of this courageous venture continue to characterize this community.

The Old Sugar House
Home of one of the earliest efforts toward the creation of local industry in Utah.

At these crossroads in 1853-55, a structure was erected which stood for many years as a symbol of pioneer enterprise and courage. Its site was approximately two hundred feet east of this spot.

After the sugar project was abandoned, the old mill served many other useful purposes. Its life ended in 1928.

The Sugar House Mill: How Sugar House Got Its Name
This section of Parley’s Creek contributed to the creation of Sugar House as a thriving business district. Water from the creek powered a sugar mill near the corner of Highland Drive and 2100 South, which ultimately gave Sugar House its name. The mill was built in 1854 by pioneers hoping to produce white sugar from beets. The mill soon failed and by 1856 had been converted to the first paper mill successfully operated in the west. At one time, the Sugar Mill housed a machine shop for the Salt Lake and Utah Central Railway. It was later used as offices for Bamberger Coal Company until it was torn down in 1928.

S.U.P. Marker #39, Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal is located here too.

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Helen Foster Snow

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Helen Foster Snow

Born and raised in Cedar City, Helen Foster Snow was a journalist, traveler, thinker, and activist who was present during the revolutionary period leading up to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and became a heroine to the people of the war-torn land. She was and still is revered as one who played an important role in rallying the Chinese people to oppose the occupation of the country by the Japanese in the 1930s and as one who helped organize support for the Chinese cause in the capitals of the Western World.

Helen Snow was a prolific writer. Using the pseudonym, Nym Wales, nearly 25 of her 50 books and manuscripts were written on China, and some are considered a primary historical source of the period. The most lasting and important accomplishment of the decade she spent in China was the major role she played in the founding of the Gung-Ho industrial cooperatives that spread throughout China, and India as well, serving as a laboratory for democracy, teaching principles of self-government, self-help and mutual endeavor, resulting in two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

When she died on January 11, 1997, four public functions were held to honor her (two in China and two in the United States) including one in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with many of China’s leaders in attendance. In Xi’an, China, a permanent exhibition of her life and works was instituted and, some years later, a school was named in her honor and a statue was erected at the school’s entrance.

This statue and plaque are located in Main Street Park in Cedar City, Utah.

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