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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Utah History

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1. On September 7, 1857, the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre occurred in southern Utah. A wagon train of emigrants passing through the area was attacked by a group of Mormon militiamen, resulting in the deaths of 120 men, women, and children. The incident strained relations between the U.S. government and the Mormon Church, which was seen as complicit in the crime.

2. In 1892, on September 7, the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated. The massive 253,000 square foot structure took 40 years to build and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Utah.

3. September 7, 1915, saw the opening of the first transcontinental telephone service, which linked New York City and San Francisco via Salt Lake City. This was a major technological achievement at the time and paved the way for modern communications infrastructure.

4. On September 7, 1927, the first granite was laid for the construction of the famous Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The Tabernacle is known for its distinctive oval shape and excellent acoustics, and has hosted numerous concerts, conferences, and other events over the years.

5. September 7, 1988 was a historic day for Utah's ski industry, as Park City Mountain Resort installed the first high-speed quad chairlift in North America. This innovation allowed skiers to spend less time in line and more time on the slopes, and set a new standard for ski resorts across the continent.
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