Jim Bridgier was the first explorer in the area, in 1825. The city was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, intended as the headquarters for the Latter Day Saints, or Mormon, faith. To this day, nearly 50% if the inhabitants of Salt Lake City identify themselves as Mormon.
Today, the city is primarily known for its heavy Mormon culture and influence, as well as for its rugged mountain surroundings, cathedral-esque Mormon Temple, industrial banking, skiing, and outdoor sports. It is known for having a breezy, relaxed atmosphere.
People Born in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City in People's Lives
Jake Gyllenhaal: I traveled here in 1992 to film scenes of the movie Josh and Sam.
Rudyard Kipling: I traveled here in 1889, during a world tour of sorts through North America.