Silver ore was first discovered here in 1864. By 1873 there were 26 saloons in town. The town was called Alta because of its altitude. The population was upwards of 5000 people at times. The mines ran out and by 1895 the town was a ghost. A few of the mines were re-opened again in 1904 and worked until 1936. The old town sight of Alta is now a ski resort. Boiler Basin got its name because of a boiler that was left there after a train crash. Most people think that the train crash was the end of the train service in Alta but that is not true. A car was converted to run the cog railway line to transport people to Alta after the train crash.
The granite used in the construction of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City was quarried from a large field of huge boulders covering this area broken by nature’s forces from adjacent cliffs. The quarrying of these boulders was begun about 1862 by James C. Livingston, under supervision of John Sharp. The names of the faithful quarrymen who continued the work until the Temple was finished in 1893 are enclosed in the monument. Rough stones were hauled about twenty miles to the temple site suspended under great two wheel carts drawn by ox-teams, until the railroad was built in 1872.
The monument was refurbished and moved in 2004 to its current location by the Temple Quarry Chapter of the SUP.
Saratoga Springs (Utah) are on the northwest shore of Utah Lake. An early settler was John C. Nagle who owned the natural warm springs. The ranch and springs were then purchased by the John Beck family who resided there for many years. In 1884 Beck’s Saratoga Springs, named for the famous New York resort, opened with several buildings including an amusement park.
Today the original buildings are gone, however, a new clubhouse, outdoor pool, bowery with kitchen facilities have been built as part of a private development.
The foothills of Lake Mountain have been developed around the hot springs providing beautiful lakeshore living. A new marina allows access to boaters. In 2003 an 18 hole golf course opened along the shores of the lake.
G. William Wiersdorf
One of the earliest descriptions of the Kamas Valley was given in the report written in 1849 by Captain Howard Stansbury of the United States Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. He wrote: “It may be remarked here that the Camass Prairie consists of most excellent land and can be irrigated over its whole extent with comparatively little labor. Water for stock is abundant and timber for ordinary farming is plentiful and convenient.”
The word “Kamas” was derived from an Indian word for a bulbous plant that was a staple of the diet of Native Americans in the area. The word was also said to describe a small grassy plain among the hills, an appropriate portrait of the Kamas Valley.
Kamas is located about eighteen miles east of Park City and about forty-six miles southeast of Salt Lake City in a valley surrounded by the Uinta Mountains to the east, the Wasatch Mountains to the west, the Provo River on the south, and the Weber River to the north. Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Weber, traverses the center of the valley.(*)
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I was out looking for an old benchmark with this description:
DESCRIBED BY NATIONAL GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 IN PROVO. ABOUT 200 FEET NORTH OF THE DENVER AND RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAILROAD FREIGHT STATION AT PROVO, UTAH COUNTY, AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE Z.C.M.I. BUILDING, IN A BRICK WALL, AND ABOUT 4 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. A UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STANDARD DISK, STAMPED 4520 1910 12.
Turns out that building was taken down in 1967 but I found some old photos.
Sandy Beach is a really fun place to play in the summer, I have spent countless hours there. It’s one of the only places in Utah Lake where the bottom is sand instead of stinky mud and the water doesn’t really get deep – I can walk hundreds of feet out into the lake and still have my feet on the ground. It’s a fun place for fires and playing with kids in the water.