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Five Interesting Things about Salt Lake City

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Should you find yourself in Salt Lake City, Utah in August of 2014 to see Paul McCartney in concert, or anytime, here are five interesting things to check out while in the ‘Crossroads of the West.’


Salt Lake City was laid out with surprisingly wide streets. The city was platted decades before the automobile, but Salt Lake City did not need to widen streets to accommodate horseless carriages. The city’s streets were built to a width of 132 feet. Visit and you’ll notice how wide they are even by modern standards.



You’ll Drink Lots of Root Beer



Given the city’s Mormon history, Salt Lake City revelers are more likely to be imbibing on root beer than alcoholic beer.



The State of Deseret



The original settlers wanted Utah to be called Deseret, but 1800s politics got in the way.



SLC’s ‘Days of ’47’ Parade is one of the Largest in the Nation



The ‘Days of ’47’ Parade is part of the city’s Pioneer Day celebration held annually on July 24, which is a state holiday in Utah recognizing the date (July 24, 1847) that Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley.



The Cauldron from the 2002 Olympic Games is Still Operational



They only light the Olympic Cauldron for special occasions nowadays. Lit or not, you can see it at the University of Utah’s┬áRice-Eccles Stadium.


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