The Emigration Canyon Historical Society is a
non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the unique and
interesting history of Emigration Canyon.
Our Biggest Projects:
Adding markers to canyon sites.
Book! It's Here!!
comprehensive and well-illustrated history of one of the more significant
historical areas in Utah offers a case study of the development of a
scenic, rural area near a major western metropolis. Emigration Canyon was
the original route, opened by the Donner party, through the Wasatch
Mountains into Salt Lake Valley. It subsequently was the route for pioneer
settlers, overland wagon trains, freight and mail lines, and the pony
express, and it remained an important transportation corridor even after
the development of alternative roads. Subsequently, the canyon provided
stone, timber, and grazing resources for the developing city below it;
began to be homesteaded; provided a route for one of the Wasatch Range’s
more interesting narrow gauge railroads; and became a resort community.
Its history since the Great Depression has been one of gradual development
as a Salt Lake City suburb. Because of its location in the mountains, it
has attracted local city dwellers as visitors or residents, and because of
its strategic position above the city, it has continued to capture the
attention of government and politicians, as repeated contests over water,
development, annexation, and zoning of the canyon have shown.
By Jeffrey Carlstrom and Cynthia Furse
$21.95 paper, 0-87421-565-X
$34.95 cloth, 0-87421-564-1
320 pages, 8½ x 11, photos and maps
Where can I get it?
Order Form (USU Press 1-800-239-9974)
See Contacts section of this site
Ken Sanders Books, 268 S. 200 E., SLC
If you pre-paid:
Did you know:
That Emigration Canyon
ALMOST became home to a "Summer Whitehouse" Presidential retreat? That
an electric railroad ran the whole length of the canyon? That it was home to one
of the largest breweries west of the Mississippi? That it was at least partly
responsible for the demise of the Donner-Reed Party?
Utah Sesquicentennial Committee