Lehi Match Up Historic Sites and Tradition of Lehi

November 17, 2023

The following historic sites and traditions are found in the Lehi Historical Society’s game Lehi Match Up. Sites and traditions are listed in alphabetical order along with addresses. This is a living document. Check back for more information and photographs. We thank you for supporting us and hope you enjoy getting to know Lehi better!


3900 Adobe Way

Curfew Bell at the Lehi Fire Department on Center Street.

Curfew Bell at the Lehi Fire Department

On July 18, 1887, the Lehi City Council passed a Curfew Law to control vandalism caused by groups of youngsters roaming the town after dark.

The specific ordinance read: “It shall be unlawful for any person under fourteen years of age to be or remain in or upon any of the streets, alleys or public places in this city at night after the hour of nine o’clock, unless said person is accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person having the legal custody of such minor person, or is in performance of any errand of duty directed by such parent, guardian or other person having the care and the custody of such minor person, or whose employment makes it necessary to be upon said street, alleys or public places during the night time after said specified hours.

“Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, on conviction, be fined in any sum not to exceed five dollars for each offense and shall stand committed until such fine and costs are paid.”

In September 1887, Mayor George Webb was authorized $50 to purchase a bell which was installed in a belfry atop city hall. The curfew bell, rung by the marshal every evening at 9, at first sent children scurrying to their homes. While the curfew age was eventually raised to 16 and later to 18, the pealing of the bell soon became ordinary, and children and teenagers could be seen playing under the town’s streetlights long after dark.

Aside from its curfew warning, the 9 p.m. sounding served as the standard for setting all Lehi timepieces. Many a Lehi citizen recalls seeing his father check his watch nightly as the bell sounded its timely signal.

The bell also served as a fire alarm. The town was divided into four quadrants and the number of taps of the bell indicated the area of town citizens were to run to form a bucket brigade. The Lehi volunteer fire department was not formed until 1901.

Beginning in 1895, the curfew bell was also sounded at 9:30 each Sunday morning to announce Sunday School. The historic bell remained atop city hall (remodeled into a fire station) until a new fire station with electric siren was completed in 1938.

The bell was then placed in storage and used only for early morning Fourth of July ringings, when it was hauled about town on a trailer. Enthusiastic, hammer wielding firemen caused several notable dents in the old alarm.

In 1973, the historic bell was permanently mounted on a framework in front of the fire station at 54 N. Center. When the new fire station at 176 N. Center was completed, the fire department installed the Curfew Bell in front of the new facility.

176 N. Center St.

Cutler Mansion

150 E. State St.

In 1900, Thomas R. Cutler, general manager of the Lehi Factory of the Utah& Idaho Sugar Company and owner of the People’s Co-op, began construction of this $14,000 home on State Street. Cutler was one of the most prominent men in early Lehi’s history and was Lehi’s wealthiest citizen of the time. The home is a near duplicate of the Jesse Knight Mansion in Provo. Both were designed by architects Ware and Treganze. The “Cutler Mansion,” as Lehi people have called the Colonial Revival box-style home, was the “finest resident south of Salt Lake,” according to the Jan. 17, 1901, Lehi Banner.

The home was briefly the Reltuc Inn (Cutler spelled backwards) and the Lehi Hospital under the proprietorship of Dr. Fred Worlton. Today, the stately mansion, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thomas R. Cutler home in 2023.
The Thomas R. Cutler Mansion in the early 1900s.
Dry Creek Park in 2023.

Dry Creek Park

100 West 1500 North

Frontrunner at Lehi Rodeo Grounds

100 North 500 West

Old modes of transportation mix with new as FrontRunner passes horses in pins at the Rodeo Grounds. Utah’s commuter rail train reached Lehi on Dec. 10, 2012, when the FrontRunner South line opened. The Rodeo Grounds sit on the original Evansville settlement (Lehi’s name before it became Lehi in 1852). In 1900, the city turned the property into City Park complete with a baseball diamond, grandstand, bicycle track, fence and dance floor. When Wine’s Park became a more desirable place to gather, City Park became the Lehi Rodeo Grounds in 1933. The site was furnished with a grandstand, chutes and bleachers from the Israel Evans Ranch.

Frontrunner zips by the Rodeo Grounds in 2023.
The Hutchings Museum Institute in 2022. Photo courtesy of Jacob Barlow.

Hutchings Museum

55 N. Center

The Hutchings Museum building, also known as Lehi’s Veterans Memorial Building, is one of Lehi’s greatest historic buildings and was the first municipal building constructed in the United States to honor veterans of World War I.

According to the building’s National Register of Historic Places marker, the idea for the building was first raised on Nov. 11, 1918, two weeks after Armistice Day. The building was designed to have three sections—the front to house a memorial hall, the south a city hall and the north a Carnegie Library. While the library was dedicated in 1921, the rest of the $55,000 building was not dedicated until Memorial Day, May 31, 1928.

“Since then, the building has hosted numerous city, community and religious functions,” reads the building’s marker, “including the W.P.A., Alpine School District, the Lehi Second Ward [of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints], the Lehi 5th Ward, American Red Cross, Alpine Soil Conservation District, the Ground Observation Corps, the National Rifle Association, the Lehi Junior Wildlife Association, the National Guard, the Lehi Senior Citizen Center and Lehi American Legion Post 9. The municipal part of the building has housed City Hall, two jails, a fire station, the Lehi Ambulance Association and the Lehi Police Department.”

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Jordan River Bridge

9600 North 7700 West

The first Jordan River Bridge was constructed in 1853 and had a toll. It remained in service until 1871, when the county built a new wooden bridge. When the bridge dropped a wagon team into the Jordan River in 1907, a 90-foot steel bridge, which remains today, was built by the Chicago Bridge Company and was used until 1947. The obsolete 1907 bridge remained in place until 1985 when it was dismantled in preparation for the Army Corps of Engineers’ river dredging project.

After the old wooden Jordan River Bridge dropped a wagon team into the Jordan River, this 90-foot steel bridge was built by the Chicago Bridge Company. This bridge, which crossed the river at 1500 North, was used until 1947, when the bridge that is there today was built. This bridge was not removed until 1985.

Keeley’s Ice Cream

164 West Main (was covered by a new building in 2023

Legacy Center

123 N. Center St.

The Legacy Center, Lehi’s community recreation center, opened in 2001 with three gyms, an indoor track, aerobics room, weight and exercise equipment, concessions, Senior Center and the like. It’s been extremely popular ever since. Many years before the Legacy Center, the Primary and Grammar Schools served the children of Lehi from this same location. The large eight-classroom Primary School, fronting to the east on Center Street was dedicated on Jan. 27, 1906. During the summer of 1910, the Lehi School District erected another elementary school building on the northwest quadrant of the block just northwest of the Primary School. In 1879, this area had been the city pound where stray animals were corralled until owners either paid appropriate fines or the strays were sold for damages.

In 1893, the pound was moved and a city jail was constructed on the site. In 1909, the jail was demolished and the eight-room Grammar School, which faced north on 200 North was constructed. Despite the additional 16 classrooms made available by the Primary and Grammar school buildings, 40 fifth graders of the 765 students who showed up for school the first day in 1910 had to be sent home due to lack of space. Officials quickly fitted up a fifth-grade classroom in the Utah Bank building (later the Lehi Hospital).

A monument that marks the northeast corner of the Lehi City Fort from 1850-1860 stands in front of the Legacy Center.
The Primary School, right, fronted Center Street and was built in 1906. By 1910, another school, the Grammar School which fronted 200 North, had to be built to accommodate the many children of Lehi.
The Lehi Tabernacle at 200 N. Center can be seen between the Grammar, left, and Primary Schools.
Lehi City Cemetery in 2023. Photo courtesy of Shanna Christensen.

Lehi City Cemetery

1100 North 400 East

Lehi City Flags

153 North 100 East

The Lehi City flag flies with the American Flag and the Utah State flag in 2023 just days before the state flag was replaced with a new design.
Friends and family walk with 2022 Phil Wasden, Lehi Heritage Day 2022 honoree, in the Lehi Heritage Day Showcase Parade.

Lehi Heritage Day

123 North Center Street

Since 2014, Lehi Heritage Day occurs every year on Labor Day to honor Lehi’s history as well as those making history today. Since its inception, the event has highlighted themes such as life within the Lehi City Fort, Lehi in the 1960s, the history of the peoples and places of the Lehi Third Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the like. More than 100 living people have been honored as well. Their names can be viewed at the Lehi Heritage Day Monument at the Walk of Fame Garden in front of the Legacy Center at 123 N. Center. Lehi Heritage Day features an honoree parade and program, historical displays and activities and a classic car and bike show.  The event was the brainchild of Lehi Historical Society and Archive founder John Knollin Haws, Jr. (1954-2017). 

The Lehi Heritage Day Monument features more than 100 people who have been honored for making history today.

Lehi High School in 2023.

Lehi High School

180 North 500 East

Police Dept.

128 N. 100 East

The new 2020 Lehi Police Department building pays tribute to Broadbent & Son, the beloved family department store that served Lehi for 135 years. Portions of the building replicate the Victorian Romanesque Revival style used in the original Broadbent’s Store, including the semicircular arched windows

When Joseph L. Broadbent and his wife, Sarah, arrived in Utah in 1859 after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, Joseph tried to be a farmer. But upon finding little success, he returned to his former profession of repairing watches. In the fall he traveled far and wide to pick up broken watches. During the winter he fixed the watches and then returned them in the spring. At the same time, his wife brought in money making work clothes. Both enterprises were in demand and by 1882, the couple opened a store. Over the years, four generations of Broadbents ran the store, which, for many years, provided everything needed to run a household. The store closed in 2017.

Lehi Roller Mills

833 East Main Street

A”er considerable effort by the Lehi Commercial Club, our town’s first booster organization, the June 22, 1905, Lehi Banner announced that Lehi was to have “a new flour mill with modern paHern and equipment.” Stockholders of the Lehi Mill & Elevator Company invested $20,000 in the new venture

The site for the mill, 833 E. Main, was selected because it was on the Lehi Sugar Factory spur of the Union Pacific Railroad (the sugar factory was a mile further down the line).

The contract for the mill’s machinery was awarded to the Wolf Company of Chambersburg, Penn., the largest suppliers of mill machinery in the United States. This equipment included four sets of double rollers, one washer, two purifiers, two reels, one cleaner, one dust roller, one gyrator, one separator and one bran duster.

The three-story-high building, with its multiude of cables, belts and whirring machinery, was initially powered by a 50-horsepower motor. Under the management of Parry and Franck, the first sack of flour was produced on Apr. 2, 1906. Full daily capacity of 60 to 70 bushels was soon achieved.

The immediate success of the mill required that an addition be built in May of 1906. And when the directors met later that summer on July 30, they decided to immediately erect an elevator with a capacity of 10,000 bushels

By 1907, the Lehi Mill & Elevator Company had changed its name to the Lehi Roller Mills and was storing and processing virtually all the grain grown in the area. On Aug. 25, 1909, Giles & Giles leased the business. This was only a short-term arrangement, however, as George G. Robinson soon assumed the lease. He then purchased the mill from the co-op and began an extensive modernization project.

In 1915, Robinson contracted with the Birrell Engineer Company to construct a 43,000- bushel capacity grain elevator. Four concrete silos, 10 feet in diameter, rested on a concrete base 41-feet-8-inches square and six feet deep. The four silos each held 10,000 bushels and were joined on the sides so as to form a fifth compartment that had a capacity of 3,000 bushels all completely rodent and fireproof

The Turkey Red and Peacock Brand logos, colorfully painted on the east side of the concrete silos, have been a Lehi tradition for nearly eight decades. After George G. Robinson’s 1936 death, his sons, Sherman and Raymond Robinson, continued to operate the mill.

During World War II, all flour milled was sold to the government for the war effort. R. Sherman Robinson, George G.’s grandson, who had been taught to run the mill by his father, became the manager of the family-owned mill in 1980.

In the late 1970s, it became evident that in order to stay in the milling business, the Lehi Roller Mills would have to undergo complete retooling and expansion. Accordingly, the Robinsons ins=gated a thorough modernization process installing imported Swiss milling equipment that, when completed in 1985, increased production capacity to 60,000 bushels a day. The 1990 completion of a new warehouse increased its storage capacity to 100,000 bushels.

Aside from its milled products, the Lehi Roller Mills is best known for serving as the backdrop for many of the scenes in Paramount’s 1984 blockbuster movie, Footloose.

Lehi Round-Up Rodeo

105 North 500 West

Lehi High School in 2023.

Lehi Round-Up Signature Logo

Roundabout at 500 West and Main Street

Since as early as 1938 and for many years since, variations of a cowboy have been Lehi’s signature image with it featured on Lehi welcome signs and the like. In 1979, Stanford Russon was commissioned to create the logo still used today by the Lehi Round-Up Rodeo, which has been running since 1937. On June 17, 2006, Tony R. Chytka’s bronze statue of the cowboy on his bucking bronc, or the Lehi Round-Up Signature Logo, was dedicated at the Fifth West Roundabout. The dedication program reads, “… that logo continues and we have a bronze statue to remind us of those pioneers who established our community with memorable and dedicated effort, along with our annual citywide celebration with a week full of activities including the rodeo for citizens of Lehi, friends and neighbors.” Photo courtesy of John Jay Harris.

Lehi Silver Bandwagon

More than 100 years ago, the Lehi Silver Band Wagon caused quite a stir. In the mid 1890s, local artist Edwin Evans was commissioned to paint the new Lehi Silver Band Wagon, which featured highly polished oiled wood. Evans had recently returned from studying art in Paris and surely was pleased with the opportunity.

It’s what he did with the wavelike sides of the wagon that caused the stir. Lehi historian Richard Van Wagoner recorded, “Evans’ masterful job included life-like nude mermaids on each side of the vehicle.”

“When the wagon made its debut, the horses were well-groomed and decorated with flags and bunting. The band boys were dressed in their uniforms—a linen duster and a summer helmet. The wagon moved along the parade route to constant clapping and shouts of approval.

“Despite complaints from some of the town’s straight-laced ladies about the brazen display of female anatomy on the mermaids, the wagon remained uncensored and gradually became known throughout the state as an artistic masterpiece.” By 1913, Evans’ artwork had been covered up, and “Lehi Silver Band,” in raised lettering, took its place. While there has not always been a band, the original wagon has fortunately survived the years, including a 1931 fire while stored at Hammer Livery Stables on Main Street, years in a far corner of the Rodeo Grounds and a shelter at the south end of the old high school football grandstand where the Legacy Center parking lot is today.

The original band wagon made its last journey in the Days of ’47 Parade in 1976. It now resides in a pavilion at Bandwagon Park, 900 North 200 West, named in its honor.

In 1997, a replica of the old band wagon was presented at the Lehi Round-Up Parade. Built by Lehi residents Merrill Carson, Ralph Anderson, Vic Kolan, Dick Smith and Melvin Anderson, this wagon is still used today. The band wagon was originally purchased for the YMMIA Silver Band, or an LDS Church youth group. The band was formed to promote, “bimetallism,” which was in favor of the U.S. monetary system being based on both gold and silver.

Osmond Designs

151 East State

In 1903, Lehi’s largest mercantile, the People’s Co-operative Institute (P.C.I.), which owned both an uptown and downtown complex, completed construction of the 22,000-square-foot building at 151 E. State, where Osmond Designs resides today.

It was one of the first stores in Lehi to be wired for electricity. The June 4, 1903, Lehi Banner commented that it was a nice place to do business because there were “no dark corners.” It was also the first building in Lehi to have cement sidewalks. “This is something new in our city,” noted the Apr. 9, 1903, Lehi Banner, “and we hope to see our merchants on main street [sic] do likewise and help make our city look more metropolitan.”

In 1904, former Co-op manager, W. E. Racker, purchased the downtown Co-op, known as The Branch Store, which was located at the southeast corner of 200 West and Main Street, to open Racker Mercantile. To advertise the consolidation of its business interests, the People’s Co-op announced in the Aug. 4, 1904, Lehi Banner that “The ‘Branch is dead,’ long live the MAIN STORE of People’s Co-op on State Street.”

In 1912, the People’s Co-op, under manager S. I. Goodwin’s direction, purchased nearly an entire block of property immediately to the west of the large store. This included the Union Hotel, Peter Larsen’s Butcher Shop and the three Wines’ Cottages on the west side of First East

In the mid-1920s, PCI business began to dwindle. The reasons were rather complicated. Although a gasoline pump and two 600-gallon tanks were installed in front of the store in 1916, the “age of the automobile” made it easy to shop in other communities. Although the Co-op remained Lehi’s largest mercantile, other local stores began to successfully compete for business. From 1926-1936, the troubled PCI had at least six different managers.

As the Depression descended on America, economic hardship struck ZCMI, parent company of People’s Co-op. In the fall of 1937, ZCMI management announced that it was abandoning 20 retail branches, including the Lehi business. “The change in policy was made,” announced Vice President and General Manager Richard W. Madsen, “because independent merchants in smaller communities preferred not to buy from us because we were competitors in retail lines.”

Many of the former ZCMI branches were quickly sold in their entirety to local merchants. But the large Lehi property with its numerous buildings was sold piecemeal.

The largest Co-op building at 151 E. State became a roller-skating rink in February of 1939. In July of 1948, Harry Grass leased the place and established Grass Furniture. In 1955, a wholesale war surplus store was opened. In 1960, Christensen Department Stores purchased the building and operated a wholesale warehouse for their chain of stores and also for 65 other establishments throughout the western states.

In the 1990s, ZCMI placed a replica of its original “all-seeing eye” moniker on the original Coop complex to highlight its history in Lehi although it has since been covered up or removed. The moniker was also placed on the Co-op’s downtown location, which was then occupied by Colonial House.

On Mar. 4, 2005, Osmond Designs opened for business in the historic building on State Street and remains there today.

Parker Brown Real Estate

187 West Main Street

Porter’s Place

24 West Main Street (no longer there)

Rodeo Burger

Photo courtesy of Johnny Revill.

Skyridge High School

3000 North Center Street

Square Donuts

Lehi Bakery at 164 W. Main

Lehi’s famous square donut comes from the Lehi Bakery, which was opened by Arden and Cheryle Tuckett in 1968. Patrons come from far and wide to partake of the superior donut. The business stayed within the Tuckett family until 2019 when it was sold to David and Danielle Doty, who are carrying on the tradition. The old Lehi Bakery building was torn down in 2023. The former building was built in 1929 by Swedish immigrant Carl J. E. Hertell and his wife Amelia Comer. Both were deaf. They operated several shoe repair shops and ice cream parlors in Lehi until 1930, when Amelia died.

After a variety of owners, local plumber Leo J. Ball bought the place in 1947. Lehi’s marshal at the time described Leo’s Place, a beer joint, as “a constant scheme of rowdyism and yes, please gabrawls.” After numerous complaints, police officers raided the joint in 1953 and discovered a host of liquor violations, including glasses of whiskey on the bar, liquor bottles in a trash can, a half empty whiskey bottle on the premises and patrons consuming whiskey and mixed drinks.

Following the raid, the city evoked Leo’s business license but lost the court case against the joint’s manager. The liquid evidence in the glasses had evaporated, and the city failed to prove intent, or that the defendant knew that liquor was being consumed in Leo’s Place. Ball sold the controversial property in 1955, and a new beer joint parlor opened. A plethora of alcohol bottles were found behind the building when it was torn down in 2023. Some of the bottles can be viewed at the Lehi Historical Society.

Lehi High School in 2023.

Stock Parade/All-Horse Parade

Lehi’s annual All Horse Parade, held on the Thursday afternoon of the Lehi Round-Up City Celebration, has a rich and long history. Early Lehi Celebrations held on the 4th or 24th of July often included a parade and in the 19th century all the parades included horses. As Lehi entered the 20th century and the age of the automobile, traditions continued with parades.

Starting in 1937, the Lehi celebration included a rodeo. It became traditional for a parade to wind through town with rodeo cowboys, producers and entertainers riding their horses down the streets to attract a crowd to the rodeo.

Eventually, the rodeo parade evolved into what the Lehi Civic Improvement Association called the Stock Parade. It was held on the Thursday of celebration week, starting at Wines Park and ending in the rodeo grounds. Over the years, individuals and groups have participated—wagons, buckboards, surreys, chariots and all sorts of animals. One year the rodeo entertainment was a bull buffalo ridden by his trainer, and they made it into the parade as well. Riding groups like to show off their skill as they demonstrate precision formations with just whistled commands.

Many years there were wrecks in the lineup with riders falling off or getting bucked off. Sometimes a horse would kick other horses. Occasionally there would be a run away. Some aspiring riders didn’t make the parade because their horse wouldn’t cooperate, or they fell off and were taken to the hospital. But most riders made it through the parade, and the reward for riding was usually a free ticket into the rodeo and the opportunity to ride in the rodeo grounds before the rodeo began.

Over the years, riders have dressed as mountain men, Native Americans, knights and princesses. Almost any costume you can associate with a horse has shown up at the parade. Many ride in western.

Around 2010, the parade started to be called the All-Horse Parade as no other livestock was in the parade. Today, the Lehi Round-Up Rodeo Committee refers to the parade as the All-Horse Parade.

Thanksgiving Point

3003 Thanksgiving Way

Third Ward/Lehi North Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

For the most part, the original members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settled in the area bounded by the old Lehi fort wall (which ran from 100 North to Center Street to 300 South to 400 West).

In the early 1870s, two railroads intersected in the northwest quadrant of town, igniting a new part of town known variously as “the New Survey,” “Over the Creek,” and/or “Lehi Junction.” Living in the far north meant Lehi Junction Church members had a considerable distance to travel to attend meetings at the Lehi Ward Meetinghouse on 200 West and 100 South.

When Lehi’s North Branch was organized on Oct. 1, 1893, and church services were held in the existing Franklin School, a building committee was almost immediately organized. Within four months, the people had subscribed $700 toward construction of a meetinghouse.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, 1894, worship services were first held in the branch meetinghouse, though the building was not fully completed. During the meeting, the building committee noted that the structure cost $1,656. Many of the old records refer to the North Branch building as Zion’s Hill Meeting House because rock for the limestone foundation was quarried from Zion’s Hill on the Lake Mountains, which are 30 minutes south of Saratoga Springs on Soldier Pass Road off of UT-68).

Statistical records of the North Branch at the end of 1894 list 64 families in the area. By the end of 1897, the branch membership had increased to 592 souls.

When Lehi was divided into four wards in 1903, the North Branch became the home of the new Lehi Third Ward. In 1955, upon completion of the Third/Seventh Ward building one block east, the old Third Ward Meetinghouse was sold for a private residence.

In the late 1960s, Ross and Jean Lamb purchased the home and had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It is the oldest LDS Church still standing in Utah County.

Wine’s Park

500-600 North Center

A local literary group, the Athenian Club, erected the rock masonry drinking fountain at Wine’s Park in 1936 to provide cool refreshment at the popular site. On Jan. 7, 1908, Margaret Taylor Wines died in Palo Alto, Calif. Her husband, prominent businessman Ira D. Wines, who had earlier achieved fame as a Pony Express rider and Overland Stage driver, desired to build a lasting memorial in honor of his wife. In April of 1908, Wines met with the Lehi City Council and offered to donate an entire block of his property to the community provided it become Margaret Wines Park, and that it be landscaped and well maintained. City officials accepted Wines offer and began in earnest to meet his expectations.

In its earliest years, a bandstand was erected. Many pleasant summer concerts were conducted under the stars. To the delight of Lehi children, the city and other local organizations combined to develop a playground in the northeast corner of the park during the late 1930s. In the spring of 1950, the Lehi Garden Club planted a Centennial Rose Garden, which included 458 plants. In 1959, the Lehi Jaycees constructed a large concrete platform which could accommodate six picnic tables in the southeast corner of the park. Beginning in 1958, a community carnival was held annually in the park. Today, Wine’s Park is a traditional part of the Lehi Round-Up weekend with every parade beginning there.

From the very beginning, Wines Park captured the fancy of almost everyone. Its location is convenient, its facilities functional and its verdant lawns and abundant shade trees a welcome respite from sweltering, summer days. Thousands of memorable reunions and picnics have been held here.

Utah Lake/Timpanogos Mt.

Measuring 24 miles long and 12 miles wide, Utah Lake is the third largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Its average depth is 9 ft., with a maximum depth of 14 ft.

Of its 13 native species, only the Utah sucker and the June sucker remain

Its temperature gets as high as 80 degrees during the summer, and almost half of its water evaporates each year. Like the Sea of Galilee in Israel that feeds the extremely salty Dead Sea through the Jordan River, Utah Lake’s waters also flow from the south to the north through the Jordan River to the salty Great Salt Lake

At one time the lake hosted a ferryboat with dancing and a full orchestra. There were also more than 10 recreational resorts on the lake.

During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, two men boxed on the floor of the lake when it dried up.

As early as the 1890s and through the 1930s, “. . . in times of need, hungry Utahns of all cultures were glad to have [the carp from Utah Lake],” according to a Aug. 28, 2010, Salt Lake Tribune article. “The railroad transported the fish for free, and church ministers distributed them.”

The same article reported, “In 1922, the Deseret News reported that fishermen took 10,000 pounds of carp from the lake daily—8,000 pounds for the chicken farmers, and the rest shipped out to Los Angeles (where, the paper said condescendingly, the Chinese, Japanese and Mexicans were glad to have them).”

Sources include: “Utah Lake: Top 20 most interesting facts,” from www.utahlakecommission.org.

West Main Street