Utah January 24, 2016
These 12 Photos of Utah in the 1950s are Mesmerizing
People say that things were simpler in the 1950s. I’m not sure that is always true (I prefer modern medicine). Regardless, Utah in the 1950s was definitely different…and absolutely interesting.
1. Hires Big H, 1959
Don Hale founded Hires Big H in Salt Lake City in 1959.
2. Brigham City, 1950s
The population of Brigham City expanded rapidly during the 1950s, thanks to Thiokol Chemical Corporation, which was built there in 1957.
3. High above BYU, 1958
Female BYU students painting the “Y.” They formed a line to pass along buckets of whitewash.
4. Male BYU students painting the “Y.”
The guys had the job of slinging the whitewash.
5. Arctic Circle, 1950
Owner Don Carlos Edwards opened his second store in Salt Lake City in 1950 and named it Arctic Circle. It’s where fry sauce was born!
6. Family Reunion, 1950
The Christenson family gathered together in July, 1950.
7. Bingham Canyon, 1952
Back when the open pit mine was a little bit smaller than it is now.
8. SaltAir Pavillion, 1951
This one burned down in the 1970s, after sitting abandoned for awhile.
9. Welcome to Utah, 1952
Nyla Proctor, posing in front of the Welcome to Utah sign.
10. Welcome to Utah, 1952
Grant Proctor, posing in front of the Welcome to Utah sign.
11. Wendover Airfield, 1954
Even airmen need a break sometimes.
12. Yellow Cat Mine Camp, 1950
The Yellow Cat uranium mine was located near Moab. It opened in the 1940s and closed down in the 1960s.
Do you have any Utah photos from the 1950s to share?