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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In Utah History

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1. On November 9, 1888, the Deseret News reported the first known automobile accident in Utah. A man named William Mason accidentally hit a stone while driving his steam-powered vehicle in downtown Salt Lake City. Although no one was hurt, it marked the beginning of Utah's love affair with cars.

2. November 9, 1909, marked the opening of the Salt Lake City Rude Brothers Building, a landmark structure that stood for nearly 100 years. The building was known for its impressive columns and ornate architecture, and it served as an important hub for commercial and social activities in the city.

3. On November 9, 1912, Nicholas Groesbeck defeated incumbent William Spry to become the governor of Utah. Groesbeck was a Progressive Republican and a vocal advocate for women's suffrage. Under his leadership, Utah gained national recognition for its progressive policies, including its groundbreaking approach to public education.

4. November 9, 1939, marked the opening of Utah's first ski resort, Alta Ski Area. Today, Alta is known for its world-class powder skiing and breathtaking mountain scenery. It has become a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world.

5. On November 9, 2009, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build a new temple in Brigham City, Utah. The temple is one of several that the church has built in recent years, and it serves as a symbol of the church's ongoing growth and expansion in Utah and around the world.
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