One of the most notable events that took place in early Utah history was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting Salt Lake City in 1961. Given that the majority of Utah’s population was Mormon, and Mormons did not allow Black folk in their religion, Dr. King’s visit was a pivotal event in Utah history. Many people blindly followed Brigham Young in their racist beliefs, and this visit opened their minds.
Tag Archives: 1950-1980
Lone Ranger (Brace Beemer)
The Lone Ranger (Brace Beemer) stands by two stewardess with Frontier Airlines. Part of the American Legion Convention was to have Frontier Airlines take flights over Echo Park damsite.
Frontier Airlines (SLC to Yellowstone)
The photograph shows a hostess of Frontier Airlines standing on the stirs of the plane. As pictured, this plane flew from Salt Lake City to Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Highway 40 (Vernal/Roosevelt, UT)
The photograph shows dump trucks traveling between Vernal and Roosevelt on Highway 40.
Manila Highway (Vernal, UT)
The photograph shows cars parked along the Manila Highway near Steinaker Reservoir in Vernal, Utah.
KUTV News Station (1964)
Black and white photo showing KUTV channel 2 news station with automobiles parked in front of the building, taken in 1964.
Philo Farnsworth invented the first, all-electronic television system.
Philo Farnsworth was a technical prodigy from an early age. An avid reader of science magazines as a teenager, he became interested in the problem of television and was convinced that mechanical systems that used, for example, a spinning disc would be too slow to scan and assemble images many times a second. Only an electronic system could scan and assemble an image fast enough, and by 1922 he had worked out the basic outlines of electronic television.
In 1923, while still in high school, Farnsworth also entered Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as a special student. However, his father’s death in January 1924 meant that he had to leave Brigham Young and work to support his family while finishing high school.
BYU Students Petition for Vietnam War
On campuses throughout the United States in the late 1960s, the agony of the Vietnam War resulted in flag burnings, student strikes, destruction of campus property, protest riots, and other unrest. While protest demonstrations were absent on BYU campus, the issues, nevertheless, were keenly felt and were the subject of intensive discussion. These students set up a table asking for signatures on a petition in support of U.S. policies in Vietnam.
Tooele Army Depot
Military barracks constructed at Tooele Ordnance Depot during World War II. During the Korean War, some of these housed Navajo Indians from southern Utah. The photograph was taken between 1950 and 1965.
End to segregation in South Africa
Image of signs, protests and displays put together by the SAA group on the University of Utah campus during political activity of the worldwide community to put an end to segregation in South Africa.