Salt Lake City is the inspiring capital of Utah. It is in the northeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley. The Great Salt Lake is to the city’s northwest. The Wasatch mountain range is to the east. There are canyons to the east as well. The Oquirrh mountain range is to the southwest.
The Shoshone, Ute, and Paiute Native Americans were known to have lived in the Salt Lake Valley. Jim Bridger is known to have explored the area in 1825. The Latter-day Saints made permanent settlements in 1847. Church president Brigham Young chose the site to build the Salt Lake Temple. Mormon pioneers wished the organized area to be a new state called Deseret. The United States rejected this and organized Utah Territory. What was called Great Salt Lake City became the territorial capital in 1858. By the time Utah became a state in 1896, Salt Lake City was named the capital.
Salt Lake City has a humid continental climate. Summers are hot. Thunderstorms can occur during this time, although precipitation can occur throughout the year. Winters are cold and snowy. Flooding from snowmelt occurs in the spring.
Salt Lake City has a service- oriented economy. Major employers are government, trade, transportation, utilities, and professional and business services. Other factors of the economy are tourism, conventions, and major suburban call centers.
Several museums, classic movie theaters, performing arts, and multiple music genres attract residents and tourists. There are many annual festivals in the city, including the Utah Pride Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and the Dark Arts Festival. There are many other events and popular sights as well.
Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports. Outdoor activities on the mountains and waterways between them are popular in the summer. Professional sports include the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Amateur and collegiate sports attract fans as well. Salt Lake City is, also, a bicycle-friendly city.
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