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Church plans to close 3 historic buildings near Temple Square in 2023 for renovations

Church plans to close 3 historic buildings near Temple Square in 2023 for renovations

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 29 - 3:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Three prominent Latter-day Saint historic buildings along South Temple in Salt Lake City will undergo renovations next year, which will result in closures expected to last into 2025.
New book documents Utah history — one vintage sign at a time

New book documents Utah history — one vintage sign at a time

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 25 - 10:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new book chronicles hundreds of historic signs in Utah and the stories behind them.
Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80

Holocaust survivor left on a bench as a baby finds new family at 80

Lianne Kolirin and Ivana Kottasová, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 14 - 8:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

When Alice Grusová was a baby, her parents left her on a train station bench, with no idea of what would become of her.
Utah leaders select new design to challenge current state flag in 2023

Utah leaders select new design to challenge current state flag in 2023

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Nov. 10 - 5:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's state flag may soon receive its largest makeover in over a century.
Salt Lake police seek public's help finding badges stolen nearly a decade ago

Salt Lake police seek public's help finding badges stolen nearly a decade ago

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 10 - 4:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Several unique badges and hat pins that were part of the Salt Lake police museum went missing nearly a decade ago. Now the department is asking for the public's help in finding them.
Divers uncover a surprising discovery near the wreck of the Titanic

Divers uncover a surprising discovery near the wreck of the Titanic

Taylor Nicioli, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 9:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The wreck of the Titanic sits in two parts at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, slowly decaying nearly 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) below the surface, but it's not alone. A sonar blip detected around 26 years ago has now revealed there's much more to this underwater area than previously thought.
A huge tunnel has opened below Niagara Falls

A huge tunnel has opened below Niagara Falls

Maureen Littlejohn, CNN  |  Posted Nov. 6 - 8:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

A whitewater wonder visited by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Mark Twain, Niagara Falls has been a magnet drawing global travelers for at least two centuries. But until this year, a huge tunnel buried deep below the cascade has been off-limits to visitors.
Kearns pastor created a multicultural church where people learn from each other

Kearns pastor created a multicultural church where people learn from each other

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 6 - 7:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

Pastor Corey J. Hodges speaks about his efforts to make the Point Church a multicultural congregation as the church celebrates its 100th birthday.
Attention turns to fixing historic Fisher Mansion as carriage house renovation nears completion

Attention turns to fixing historic Fisher Mansion as carriage house renovation nears completion

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Fisher Carriage House is set to open as a recreation hub next year before Salt Lake City takes the first steps to save the Fisher Mansion.
Oil drilling day: The tragedy that ended Washington County's search for 'black gold'

Oil drilling day: The tragedy that ended Washington County's search for 'black gold'

Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News  |  Posted Oct. 31 - 2:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

There is hardly anything noticeable upon the Washington County, Utah, landscape to remind anyone of attempts at oil drilling during the early part of the 20th century.
Idaho woman gathering memories and stories of Pearl Harbor

Idaho woman gathering memories and stories of Pearl Harbor

Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted Oct. 31 - 1:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's been 81 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor and a local organization wants to make sure the memories of that day are not forgotten.
'Hocus Pocus' star discovers family history of witchcraft accusation

'Hocus Pocus' star discovers family history of witchcraft accusation

John Clyde for KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 31 - 10:06 a.m.  |  Save Story

When Sarah Jessica Parker took on the role of the Salem witch Sarah Sanderson, she had no idea her 10th-great-grandmother had been accused of witchcraft at the Salem witch trials 300 years earlier.
What role can history play in saving the Great Salt Lake, solving Utah's water woes?

What role can history play in saving the Great Salt Lake, solving Utah's water woes?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 3:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah historians agree the past may not provide a perfect roadmap to solve the state's water challenges, but it can help provide examples and context.
Blight no more: Utah's historic Black Rock gets a clean slate

Blight no more: Utah's historic Black Rock gets a clean slate

Dan Spindle, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake's forgotten shoreline history is something state leaders want to place back into the public eye.
Utah archaeologists help to restore the land of the Bear River Massacre

Utah archaeologists help to restore the land of the Bear River Massacre

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 8:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

Some archaeologists from the University of Utah are helping prepare the site of the Bear River Massacre in Idaho to be restored to what it once was.
Famous Utah bakery Mrs. Backer's has a long family tradition

Famous Utah bakery Mrs. Backer's has a long family tradition

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 10 - 11:13 a.m.  |  Save Story

One day, so the story goes, a honey bee found its way into Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop on South Temple.
How did Utahns react when the Great Salt Lake hit its previous record low in 1963?

How did Utahns react when the Great Salt Lake hit its previous record low in 1963?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 9:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

A few documents from the 1960s highlight how the importance of the Great Salt Lake has changed over time.
Has a frontrunner emerged in Utah's effort for a new state flag?

Has a frontrunner emerged in Utah's effort for a new state flag?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 4:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's clear some ideas among the 20 state flag semifinalists have risen to the top while others are all but eliminated.
Utah mountain cabin community hoping for national historic designation

Utah mountain cabin community hoping for national historic designation

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 3 - 10:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Just off I-80 in Parley's Canyon hidden past a gate, a road winds away from the roar of traffic and into the tranquil babble of a canyon creek.
Reflecting on the 'rich history' of copper mining in Bingham Canyon

Reflecting on the 'rich history' of copper mining in Bingham Canyon

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 30 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tuesday's announcement of expanded copper mining at the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine is just the latest development in Utah's copper history.
More than bodies: Lake Mead gives up a 12-million-year discovery

More than bodies: Lake Mead gives up a 12-million-year discovery

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 8:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The shrinking waters of Lake Mead are giving up her dead. Volcanic dust that tells what happened 12 million years ago was recently found in the lake.
This ship tried to warn the Titanic about the iceberg. Now scientists have found its wreckage

This ship tried to warn the Titanic about the iceberg. Now scientists have found its wreckage

Amarachi Orie and Christian Edwards, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 28 - 12:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

The wreck of a ship that tried to warn the RMS Titanic of the iceberg that sank it on its maiden voyage has been found at the bottom of the Irish Sea.
'It's just amazing': Utah's 20 new state flag semifinalist designs reach state Capitol

'It's just amazing': Utah's 20 new state flag semifinalist designs reach state Capitol

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The 20 semifinalists for a new state flag are flying on display in Salt Lake City, Logan and Cedar City for the next two weeks. Here's how to check them out.
150M-year-old vomit found in Utah offers 'rare glimpse' into prehistoric ecosystems

150M-year-old vomit found in Utah offers 'rare glimpse' into prehistoric ecosystems

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 5:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah paleontologists discovered a pile of amphibian bones that they say appear to have been puked out by some sort of predator 150 million years ago.
Will district raze, rebuild Highland High, 100-year-old West High?

Will district raze, rebuild Highland High, 100-year-old West High?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 12:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Salt Lake City School District launched two new feasibility studies aimed at revamping a pair of its iconic high schools that could be rebuilt in the end.
Does one of these flags say 'Utah' to you? Utah unveils 20 semifinalists for new state flag

Does one of these flags say 'Utah' to you? Utah unveils 20 semifinalists for new state flag

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 8 - 1:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

The field of 5,703 designs submitted to potentially replace Utah's state flag has officially been whittled down to 20.
Local author publishes book exploring ghost stories and lore of southern Utah

Local author publishes book exploring ghost stories and lore of southern Utah

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 11:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

As Halloween creeps closer, a new book by a St. George-based author that explores the ghost stories and legends of southern Utah could help you get your spooks on early.
Crews reach 'key' phase in seismic upgrade of historic Salt Lake Temple

Crews reach 'key' phase in seismic upgrade of historic Salt Lake Temple

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 29 - 3:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Crews have reached the process where tubes underneath the foundation of the temple can hold the building in place during an earthquake.
The rise and fall of the Great Saltair: The search for Utah's lost world-class lakefront resort

The rise and fall of the Great Saltair: The search for Utah's lost world-class lakefront resort

Dan Spindle, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 28 - 9:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake has fascinated the world for centuries, from the nomadic peoples of our pre-history living along the shoreline to the modern settlers in the valleys of the Wasatch Front.
Author has plan to celebrate 40-year anniversary of 'Footloose,' but he needs Payson's help

Author has plan to celebrate 40-year anniversary of 'Footloose,' but he needs Payson's help

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 9:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Payson native and author is writing a book to commemorate 40 years since the movie "Footloose" was filmed in and around his hometown, and he's asking for locals to share some of their stories from the time the movie was being filmed.
Provo church raises funds to acquire historic organ from Salt Lake church

Provo church raises funds to acquire historic organ from Salt Lake church

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 8 - 9:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ announced that it has raised enough money to transport and store an 1892 pipe organ gifted by a Salt Lake church.
New detective solves 60-year-old mystery, declares deceased Utahn a serial killer

New detective solves 60-year-old mystery, declares deceased Utahn a serial killer

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted July 28 - 2:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Los Angeles detective recently solved the oldest cold case homicide in her office, linking a Utahn to the 1956 murder of a pregnant woman. He is suspected in three other deaths.
Scientists find ancient footprints in Utah's west desert; a step to understand area's past

Scientists find ancient footprints in Utah's west desert; a step to understand area's past

Andrew Adams and Larry D. Curtis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 28 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Archaeologists have found something significant out in the alkali flats of the Utah Test and Training Range in the state's west desert: steps.
How pioneers, other settlers influenced how Utahns talk today

How pioneers, other settlers influenced how Utahns talk today

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 24 - 7:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new book examines the likely origins behind the way Utahns speak, which has many outside influences.
Does an image of Joseph Smith exist? What one descendant found in a forgotten family heirloom

Does an image of Joseph Smith exist? What one descendant found in a forgotten family heirloom

Trent Toone, Deseret News  |  Posted July 23 - 9:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

No verified photograph or image of Joseph Smith has ever been found — until now?
New monument aims to ensure Utah's Black pioneers 'will never be forgotten'

New monument aims to ensure Utah's Black pioneers 'will never be forgotten'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 3:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new monument at This Is the Place Heritage Park tells the stories of four Black pioneers who arrived in modern-day Utah 175 years ago.
Utah State History mulls 'full circle' name change, new ways to tell stories at 125

Utah State History mulls 'full circle' name change, new ways to tell stories at 125

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah State Historical Society turned 125 on Friday. Its leaders want to honor its legacy as the society moves to build a new history museum.
'Built for the future': Legacy of Granite High School lives on with new South Salt Lake library

'Built for the future': Legacy of Granite High School lives on with new South Salt Lake library

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 15 - 9:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Five years after the century-old Granite High School building was torn down, a new library emerges to keep the school's educational spirit alive.
Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display

Long-missing Alexander Hamilton letter put on public display

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 3 - 1:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

A letter written by founding father Alexander Hamilton in 1780 and believed stolen from the Massachusetts state archives decades ago is being displayed publicly for the first time since it was returned to the state after a lengthy court battle.
'Our history matters:' Mural featuring 4 prominent Black Utah women unveiled

'Our history matters:' Mural featuring 4 prominent Black Utah women unveiled

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 10:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Four prominent Black Utah women separated by time will be brought together in a neighborhood in Salt Lake City where each had once lived and worked.
Public invited to see new monument honoring Black pioneers at This is the Place Heritage Park

Public invited to see new monument honoring Black pioneers at This is the Place Heritage Park

Trent Toone, Deseret News  |  Posted July 2 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new monument honoring early Black pioneers will be dedicated soon in timing with the 175th anniversary of the first wagon company's 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.
Bob Dylan's Utah return renews call for 'Holy Grail' of lost recordings: His 1976 Salt Lake show

Bob Dylan's Utah return renews call for 'Holy Grail' of lost recordings: His 1976 Salt Lake show

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 29 - 7:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bob Dylan's return to Utah this week is rekindling a 46-year search for recordings from a legendary show performed decades ago at the Salt Palace.
Will one of these be Utah's next state flag? Task force gets 1st glimpse of 5.7K designs

Will one of these be Utah's next state flag? Task force gets 1st glimpse of 5.7K designs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated June 23 - 11:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Members of the Utah State Flag Task Force got their first look Thursday at all the possible design and color combinations for a new state flag.
'It's a legacy': How Aggie Ice Cream became a USU and Utah institution over the past 100 years

'It's a legacy': How Aggie Ice Cream became a USU and Utah institution over the past 100 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox proclaimed Tuesday as Aggie Ice Cream Day, a century after Utah State University began churning out the now-beloved brand.
Why this downtown Salt Lake office skyscraper is being converted into housing

Why this downtown Salt Lake office skyscraper is being converted into housing

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 18 - 5:51 p.m.  |  Save Story

It was once Salt Lake City's tallest building, but now global development company Hines intends to convert the downtown skyscraper into new housing.
Remembering the Pony Express and Salt Lake's role in its history

Remembering the Pony Express and Salt Lake's role in its history

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 17 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two refurbished plaques returned to the site of the original Salt Lake City station on the Pony Express. They're a reminder of how the short-lived business changed everything.
Utah breaks ground on $165M North Capitol Project as old state office building comes down

Utah breaks ground on $165M North Capitol Project as old state office building comes down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 15 - 8:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The new building, expected to be complete by early 2026, will open pieces of Utah history few have ever seen.
Time capsule discovery reunites Utah Scout troop

Time capsule discovery reunites Utah Scout troop

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 15 - 6:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

A group that went out in search of a $20,000 treasure found something else entirely — and those who were reunited with it Monday, found it well worth the wait.
Why Juneteenth has a 'tremendously' different meaning in Utah this year

Why Juneteenth has a 'tremendously' different meaning in Utah this year

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Juneteenth — the anniversary of the last slaves to be freed — was first celebrated 156 years ago, but this year's celebrations have a different meaning in Utah.
Battle over affordable housing, preservation moves into a new Salt Lake neighborhood

Battle over affordable housing, preservation moves into a new Salt Lake neighborhood

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated June 13 - 1:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

A proposed affordable housing plan in Salt Lake City has struck a nerve with some residents.
Video: Yosemite Valley and the failures that sparked the national park idea

Video: Yosemite Valley and the failures that sparked the national park idea

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 1:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Before Yellowstone National Park there was the Yosemite Valley land grant and had it not been for the missteps of a California state commission the national park idea might not have been born. Enjoy a stunning 4K HDR tour of Yosemite Valley and learn how this landscape influenced the conservation of public lands.
Memorial to honor 2 Utah deputies who died over 100 years ago

Memorial to honor 2 Utah deputies who died over 100 years ago

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 6:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new memorial is set to be unveiled Friday evening in Uintah, Weber County to commemorate two sheriff's deputies who died in the area over 100 years ago.
'D' on St. George hill now listed on National Register of Historic Places

'D' on St. George hill now listed on National Register of Historic Places

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted June 7 - 10:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

The hillside "D" that has looked down upon St. George for over 100 years recently was recognized with a listing on the National Parks Service's National Register of Historic Places.
New national marker commemorates life of forgotten trailblazing Utah educator

New national marker commemorates life of forgotten trailblazing Utah educator

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 5 - 7:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

A large sign in Poplar Grove honors the legacy of a woman who forever changed Utah education over a century ago.
What these 3 church time capsules say about Utah's history

What these 3 church time capsules say about Utah's history

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 29 - 12:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three recently-opened time capsules in St. George, Kaysville and Ogden were very similar even in different time periods. They also preserved unique stories of Utah's past.
Ogden museum to display historic artifacts from Al Capone, Butch Cassidy, Einstein on Saturday

Ogden museum to display historic artifacts from Al Capone, Butch Cassidy, Einstein on Saturday

Jacob Scholl, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 6:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ogden's 25th Street Museum will celebrate its reopening with a free open house featuring a special collection of historical artifacts from Ogden and around the world.
Why this year's historic homes tour focuses on one of Salt Lake's earliest neighborhoods

Why this year's historic homes tour focuses on one of Salt Lake's earliest neighborhoods

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 12:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

A few historic homes in Salt Lake City will be open to tour for Saturday's Historic Homes Tour.
Do not open until 2122: Utah Capitol time capsule returns home with poignant message

Do not open until 2122: Utah Capitol time capsule returns home with poignant message

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 18 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah leaders resealed a time capsule at the state Capitol with the hope it helps Utahns 100 years from now understand the efforts to make the state a better place.
This structure will remain after the rest of the Utah State Prison is torn down

This structure will remain after the rest of the Utah State Prison is torn down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 16 - 7:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority Board agreed that a 61-year-old building on the outgoing prison site is worthy of preservation.