Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Sugarhouse in the early 1900's

This is a collection of pictures, mostly from the picture collection at the Utah Historical Society at the Rio Grande Depot, I have compiled in the last few years because I grew up in Sugarhouse. (You can also view the blog http://www.class45-a.blogspot.com/ about three teenagers from Sugarhouse who trained together in the Army Air Corps in WWII.) I lived near 2200 South 600 East and attended Columbus School located on 500 East, Irving Junior High in the heart of Sugarhouse and South High on State Street.
A note about the confusing picture enlargement:  Unfortunately the format for enlarging the view of a picture has changed since I created this blog. Now for the enlargement of most of the pictures you left click on the picture and then return to the blog by clicking on the “X” in the upper right of the picture screen. On seven of the pictures the old method remains and I have added a note, in parentheses, at the end of the picture description to identify them. In these you still left click on the picture and a much better enlargement appears. You then use the scroll bars on the right and bottom of the picture to view the entire picture. Then click the back arrow in the upper left of the screen to return to the blog.

This is a picture of the Sugar Factory after which Sugarhouse was named. The factory started operating in 1855 and was located on the southeast corner of 2100 South and Highland Drive (1100 East). The odd thing is that the factory never produced a grain of sugar, maybe because of lost or damaged sugar producing machinery parts during their delivery from the east by ox drawn wagons in 1852. It was later turned in to a paper factory but the name of the area, Sugarhouse, stuck I guess because it sounded better than Paperhouse. The paper factory was torn down in 1928 and reestablished at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon in a building known as the Old Mill which still stands today. More about the Old Mill later.

This is Sugarhouse on 21st South and Highland Drive (11th East) looking east toward Parley's Canyon. The old sugar/paper mill, in the previous picture, was located across Highland Drive from the Sugar House Obelisk where the Wasatch Service Station and Success Market are seen. Irving Junior High School can be seen to the left and behind the top of the obelisk. The Utah State Prison is just behind the middle of the Wasatch Service Station tower. (To get an enlarged view of this picture just Left click anywhere in the picture and then use the scroll bars at the right and below the picture to see the entire picture.)

Irving Junior High School.

The new Utah State Penitentiary - Sugarhouse in 1903. The inmates were transferred to the new Point of the Mountain Prison in 1951.

Close-up of the prison entrance.

This is looking west from the top of the prison wall in 1948. The prison fence was next to 21st South.

This picture shows the beginning of the prison demolition in 1955. This location is now Sugarhouse Park with Highland High School on its east border.

License plate production line at the new prison, in 1964, located in Draper.

The obelisk located on 21st South and Highland Dr. (Left click on the picture and use scroll bars for a good enlargement.) 

Success Market located on 21st South and Highland Drive in 1934.

This view was taken looking south down Highland Drive from 21st south in 1947. South East Theater is on the left and Southeast Furniture is just above the officer's head.

A recent view of the Sugar House Obelisk, which was constructed in 1930, looking east from a point where 21st South splits, about one half block from Highland Drive.

Woolworth's Department Store, at about 1050 East 2100 South, under construction next to the original Snelgrove's Ice Cream store when this picture was taken in 1940.
Bob Peterson (1923-2011), who was a fellow graduate of U. S. Army Air Corps in 1945, Class of 45-A, was the assistant manager of the store in 1947 and he introduced me to my future wife, Elva (a tribute to her life can be viewed at (http://www.elvafarewell.blogspot.com/).

The Marlo Theater was located next to J.C. Penney on 21st South and 10th East in 1947.

1955 aerial view of Sugarhouse's expansion to the south. Highland Drive is at the bottom and the D&RGW Railroad track runs diagonally from the bottom left, continuing under the bridge at 13th East and up into Parley's Canyon and Park City. The Utah State Prison can be seen on 21st South just above 13th East in the upper left corner.

2007 Google Earth view of Sugarhouse expansion. Highland Drive is at the bottom similar to the 1955 photo above. I-80, in the upper right, was built through Sugarhouse in the early 1970's.

Forest School was located on 21st South and 9th East.

Petty Ford, taken in 1938, was across the street from Forest School.

Petty Ford used car lot looking north from across the street from Forest School. Notice the LDS Granite Stake Center building, constructed in 1930, in the background.

Columbus School on 2530 south 5th East in 1939.

Columbus School's conversion to a Salt Lake County Library, Community and Senior Center.

Nibley Park LDS Ward House on about 2400 South on 6th East about 1930.

South High School, which was not in Sugarhouse but about 1600 South State Street, is where most of the kids living in Sugarhouse went to school. The South High building is now occupied by Salt Lake Community College. Most of the Sugarhouse kids now go to the new Highland High School which is located just east of where the Sugarhouse Prison stood. 

The old Coon Chicken Inn was located at 2960 South Highland Drive.

Coon Chicken Inn by a descendant of Maxon Lester Graham

As a descendant of the original founders of the Coon Chicken Inn, I would like to first preface this web page by saying that I do not condone the “Jim Crew” attitudes of the day. I and ALL of my siblings believe in full equality for all races, creeds and skin colors. The legacy that was left by my grandparents was one that seemed to be normal business practice that has since seen its day and I for one am grateful for it. What is left behind are artifacts of “Black Memorabilia” that serve as a reminder that this particular part of history must never and will never be repeated. The following is a brief history of the Coon Chicken Inn.
The Coon Chicken Inn was founded by Maxon Lester Graham. To understand the history of the Coon Chicken Inn, you must understand my grandfather. He was born June 17, 1879 and almost immediately had a flair for business.

During the period from 1923 to 1924, he took on distribution of several makes of cars including the Carter Car, Dort, Moon, Elcar and finally the Gray. In 1924 the M.L. Graham Co. had a profitable year.
Maxon had married Adelaide Burt and they were looking for a new business to get into. For sometime they had been driving to a small town, south of Salt Lake City, for Sunday dinner, at a small restaurant that served excellent chicken. It was quick to prepare and they thought would do well in Salt Lake. At the time there were no outside hamburger type stands anywhere, the only places to eat were in town. At the edge of Salt Lake City, in one of its suburbs, Sugar House, they found a location on a corner of Highland Drive and found a small building, near the West Side School that contained three stools, an Ice box and a small counter. They bought this for $50.00 and in 1925 they were in the chicken business.

The business took off immediately and it was not long that they enlarged the place, and put in an addition with tables and a dance floor along with adding counter space. By 1927 they had added so many additions that it started to look a Katzenjammer castle. On the week before the fourth of July, 1927 about 6 P.M., the restaurant caught on fire. The place was grease soaked from deep fat frying, and soon the fire was out of control. This tragedy was about three months after the Salt Air Pavilion, located on Great Salt Lake, had burned to the ground. The organizers of the Pavilion had hired over 250 carpenters to rebuild it so Maxon and Addie had no trouble finding the help to rebuild the restaurant. They were afraid that other places that had sprung up in competition to them, would take their business. So they erected a sign stating that the place would be re-opened within ten days. They opened on schedule with a banner crowd.

Late in the year 1929 they opened another Coon Chicken Inn in Seattle on Lake City Way N.E. Soon Maxon and Addie moved to Seattle. In the year 1930 they added the restaurant on Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon. All three sites were booming and a cabaret and orchestra was added in Seattle and Salt Lake with a larger dining room and the addition of delivery trucks for outside catering. Maxon decided that if a gimmick were added for the children, it would help bring in the parents. He added the famous head logo to the entrances of the inns. At the time it proved quite popular. The logo of the Inn was on every dish, silverware item, menu and paper product.

The Coon Chicken Inn ran until the late 1950’s when Maxon and Addie decided to keep the properties and lease out the buildings to other operators. On the Seattle site is Yings Drive Inn, the Salt Lake City site is the Chuck-A-Rama and the Portland site is the Prime Rib.

The Paper Factory in Sugarhouse was reestablished at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, in 1881, into what is now known as the Old Mill which is still standing, in fact, the nearby business area bears its name today.
The Old Mill after a fire in the 1920's.

Some time after the fire, the Old Mill was converted into a dance hall. This is a picture of the parking lot during a dance in the 1930's. (Left click on the picture and use scroll bars for a good enlargement.) 

Salt Lake City in the early 1900's

An aerial view of Salt Lake City in 1939

I took this aerial photo of Temple Square in 1946. Can you spot the old Deseret Gym? If you can't locate it look directly across the street (Main Street) from Temple Square and behind Hotel Utah. Hotel Utah was built in 1909 to 1911 and the original Deseret Gym construction started in 1910, just a few feet, directly behind (north of) the hotel and that is what you see in this picture. The gym was demolished in 1962 and was replaced by church office tower and plaza. A new Deseret Gym was built where the Church Conference Center now stands, which opened in 1993. I have not been able to find any pictures of that new Deseret Gym building. Hotel Utah has been expanded many times and it closed in 1987. It reopened after conversion to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in 1993. Now zoom in on South Temple and Main streets and look for just a small spot in the center of that intersection. That is the Brigham Young Monument and also notice Main Street continuing north past the Hotel Utah. In the background of the "Air conditioned bus" picture, in the Transportation section of this blog, you can see most of that monument (also the Temple), cars parked on Main Street plus a little of their history.

Looking south down Main Street in 1947 from the base of the Brigham Young Monument located in the center of the intersection of South Temple and Main. (Left click on the picture and use scroll bars for a good enlargement.) 

A view from near ZCMI looking south down Main Street in 1937.

A view from Third South looking north up Main Street in 1950.

The Utah Theater on Main Street.

The Capitol Theatre on 200 South in 1938.
The Capitol Theatre was originally built as the Orpheum Theatre in 1913 with a seating capacity of 2000. In 1927 it was remodeled as a play theater and a motion picture theater, also the name changed to Capitol Theatre. In the 1970's it was again remodeled and became a center for the performing arts. The theater's steel arch over 200 South was relocated to Trolley Square in 1973.

The old Sears building on the corner of Third South and Main in 1947. (Left click on the picture and use scroll bars for a good enlargement.) 

The State Theater on State Street in 1947.

The Centre Theater on the corner of Third South and State Street also in 1947.

Warm Springs on the old Second West, now Third West, in 1939.

This is a picture I took from the air looking east and down on the City of Murray. State Street, at the bottom, is nearly parallel to bottom of the picture. This was the center of Murray at that time in 1946. 4800 South is on the left angling up from the bottom to the top of the picture. Vine Street is near the center beginning at State Street and angling up to the right and bordering Murray Cemetery at 5600 South and continuing to the right and upward eventually crossing 900 East. The smoke covering Vine Street is rising out of the eastern part of Murray Park. (The reason I took this picture was seeing a fire with a plume of smoke covering so much of Vine Street that I thought it might be a good idea to record it.) The oval at right center is an equestrian track at Murray Park. The street just to the right of that track is 5300 South which intersects State Street just off the picture to the right. A new housing development is visible to the right, or south, of the equestrain track and across 5300 South. When I took this picture I was living in Sugar House but nine years later I bought a home in that same housing development.

This is a picture of the Murray Smoke Stacks at the intersection of State Street and 5300 South taken on the same flight as the picture above.

This is a view of Murray taken from Google Earth as of about 2007.


A street car like this one served Sugarhouse on 7th East. This picture was taken in 1933.

Going into town our street car ran up 7th East to the Car Barns and turned onto 5th South and west to Main Street and on into town. This picture shows a street car turning off 5th South to head north into town on Main Street.

The trolley served Sugarhouse on 9th East. This picture was taken in 1934.

Three generations of transportation in SLC: the streetcar, the trolley and the bus. Picture taken in 1934.

Bamberger Station across the street from the old Temple Square Hotel in 1947.

Bamberger Station at Lagoon in 1912.

Air conditioned bus.
Maybe this picture should be in the previous section rather than the Transportation section of this blog because of the interesting history visible in the background of the bus.
The bus is turning left around the Brigham Young Monument from South Temple Street to the north onto Main Street, which no longer exists as a through street between North Temple and South Temple streets, since 1993. The bronzed Brigham Young Monument was moved to the center of the intersection of South Temple and Main, as seen in the picture, in 1897. In 1993 it was again moved about 70 feet to the north when the above mentioned section of Main Street was closed and converted to the Main Street pedestrian plaza, which is an expansion of Temple Square (no longer a square) to the east.

Salt Lake City Airport

Prewar aerial view of the Salt Lake City Airport.

My first ride in an airplane was in a WACO like this one.
In the late 1930’s we lived in the neighborhood where the owner of Seal’s Quality Market lived. They owned a WACO aircraft hangared at the old Salt Lake Airport pictures above. (I always thought the WACO aircraft was named after the city of Waco, Texas. Not so, I found out later. It is the acronym for Weaver Aircraft Co. located in Lorain, Ohio.) Seal’s youngest son, Boyd, and I were friends and he invited me on a few occasions to ride in their WACO which resulted in my interest in aviation and model building. (All three of the Seal’s children became airline pilots. Boyd flew Boeing 747's for United Airlines.) Seal’s Market was located one and a half blocks south of Liberty Park on the west side of 700 East. In those days the street cars ran up and down 7th East from 33rd South past the car barns, now Trolley Square, to 5th South and on in to town on Main Street. The street cars stopped running in 1946 and in the mid 1950’s the street car tracks were removed from the middle of 7th East and the street was widened to the west wiping out the homes and businesses on the west side of 7th East, including Seal’s Market. This resulted in 7th East becoming a main thoroughfare from the north at South Temple Street turning into Van Winkle Expressway at about 47th South and then connects with Highland Drive at about 60th South.

2006 view of SLC airport.

Prewar picture of a DC-3 at the SLC Airport.

The new Douglas DC-4E when it came to SLC, 21 May 1939. Our family is somewhere in that crowd, but I can't quite make out where.

A brief history of the DC-4

The designation DC-4 was used by Douglas Aircraft Company when developing the DC-4E as a large, four-engined type to complement its forthcoming DC-3 design. It was intended to fulfill United Air Lines' requirement for a long-range passenger airliner. The DC-4E (E stands for experimental) emerged as a 52-passenger airliner with a fuselage of an unusually wide cross-section for its day and a triple fin tail unit, similar to that later used by Lockheed on its Constellation.

The DC-4E first flew on June 7, 1938, and was used by United Air Lines for test flights. The aircraft proved to be ahead of its time - it was complicated to maintain and was uneconomical to operate. The DC-4E was sold to Japan, which was buying western aircraft for evaluation and technology transfer during this period. The design became the basis of the Nakajima G5N bomber. The sponsoring airlines, Eastern and United, decided to ask instead for a smaller and simpler derivative but before the definitive DC-4 could enter service the outbreak of the Second World War meant production was channeled to the US Army Air Force and the type given the military designation C-54. Additional versions used by the US Navy were designated R5D. The first aircraft, a C-54, flew from Clover Field in Santa Monica, California on February 14, 1942. The DC-4 had a notable innovation in that its nose-wheel landing gear allowed it to introduce a fuselage of constant cross-section. This lent itself to easy stretching into the later DC-6 and DC-7. 1,163 DC-4s were built for the United States military services between 1942 and 1946.

A DC-4 at the old SLC Airport terminal, on the east side of the airport, in 1952.


Aerial view of Saltair when the water level was low.

Entrance to Saltair in 1911 when the water level was high.

Swimming in the Great Salt Lake at Saltair about 1911.

View of the Saltair Pavilion in 1963

The famous Saltair Giant Racer.


russ said...

Thanks for posting these great old photos of Sugarhouse! Though personally not as old as the photos, they still remind me of the way Sugarhouse looked when I was a kid.

My dad worked at Petty Ford at 9th & 21st from 1937 on. The photo you have of Petty's showroom is from 1938.

aimee.mcd said...

Grandpa - this blog is so great. I am so glad that you took the time to put it together (even as frustrating as it was!). Love you!

Susan said...

What an amazing contribution to the history of Sugar House. Thanks so much!

Matt Gray said...

I have always been interested in the history of Sugar House. Thank you for putting up these photos!

David said...

Glen - Thanks for posting these wonderful photos. I am Boyd Seal's
youngest son and came across your blog while searching for photos of
my grandpa Clint's "Seal's Market". My dad says was good friends with

-- David Seal

StevenF said...

I really enjoyed these photos. Thanks for posting them. I love history and old photos, and as a Utahn, I think these are great. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

Grew in in Sugarhouse. Interesting to see Forest School. Recall walking home on sandbags lining 21st S. during one winter. I now live in Seattle and was interested to learn that there had been a Coon Chicken Inn here and in Portland. Thanks for posting the photos.

David said...

Really great collection of photos, only few of which I have seen before. I grew up in Sugarhouse area, attending Hawthorne School, Irving Junior High in some of its last years, and South High also. I live there again, now, in the same house.

I wish you had, or could find, pictures of the old Pat's Market on 17th South and 5th East. I have old photos, somewhere, of the older Hawthorne building before it was rebuilt.

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful photos and the history on Sugarhouse. I really enjoyed it.

s.e. said...

Does anybody remember the name of the Ice Rink there?

Sallie said...

The Ice Rink was called Hygea. My grandfather, Alma Larsen, was one of the owners. (He also owned a roller rink in the same area -- Do you have any pictures of that??)

I love these pictures!!! Do you have anymore? My dad's family grew up in this area and I would love to see any more pictures that you have!

Countaach said...

Greetings from Brazil, sir!
Your photos are incredible and bring the past to present!
A big hug of your new brazillian fan!!

Professor Estevez said...

Wonderful! Just spent a lovely few hours thinking about my SLC childhood thanks to your pictures (though I am not quite so old as to remember things exactly as pictured, in mid-60's a lot things were still very similiar).

thanks again !

John Garst said...


I've seen the picture of Sugar House prison at many WWW sites. I'd like to reproduce it in my book on John Henry, the steel-driving man. The connection is that the star witness for John Henry in Alabama was incarcerated at Sugar House when he corresponded with a researcher in 1927.

Who owns the rights to this photograph?


John Garst

Amanda said...

Thanks for all the work you put forth to bring this post to life. I grew up in Sugarhouse and am currently living there as well. I've heard some about the history but had not seen pictures. Thanks again!

8S8S said...

Great pictures and great history. I have lived in Sugarhouse or South Salt Lake for most of my adult life. I had not seen most of the pictures you posted. Great to see pictures of buildings I have spent many hours in, as well as buildings that I wanted to spend time in before they were either destroyed or demolished. Thank you!

AlisonAT said...

Glen - Thank you for posting these fascinating pictures of Sugar House. I am currently writing a personal history for someone who grew up there and I would like to have your permission to use some of these photos, credited with your name of course, in the book. This book will be for family distribution only and will not be sold to the general public. I can be reached at alison@picturesandstories.com. Thank you!

AlisonAT said...

I also forgot to mention - it was so great to see the 401 Bamberger car. I had the great pleasure of restoring the 403 (which is identical) for the Heber Valley Railroad about 13 years ago. Thanks again for these excellent photos!

Diane said...

This is the best collection of photos of Sugarhouse and SLC I've seen on the Internet! Thanks for sharing with those of us who remember all this!

Diane said...

This is the best collection of photos of Sugarhouse and SLC I've seen on the Internet! Thanks for sharing with those of us who remember all this!

cindy lafaver said...

Thanks so much for sharing these incredible photos! I live and work in sugarhouse and am searching for info on the old Rileys market... On 600 east and 2100 south, right close to where you grew up, near Schmidt's Bakery. Do you remember it?
Thanks again for the fascinating photos of such an interesting community.

Brobie said...

I grew up on 13th east and 25th south until they widened the street and took our house to build the freeway. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and pictures. I used to play in what we called the prison field but I never had seen a picture of the prison awesome. All of the theatres and my Dad buying cars at Petty Ford. Lots of memories. Thanks so much for your time and effort to put this together.

Brobie said...

I grew up on 13th east and 25th south until they widened the street and took our house to build the freeway. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and pictures. I used to play in what we called the prison field but I never had seen a picture of the prison awesome. All of the theatres and my Dad buying cars at Petty Ford. Lots of memories. Thanks so much for your time and effort to put this together.

The Musings of Dave said...

Wow.. Salt Lake City/Sugarhouse/Murray at its finest before today's world. Thank you so much for sharing this blog and showing us what the past had been. As a child growing up in the late 70's and throughout the 80's this is a far cry from what I had to grow up with.

History can only be persevered though photos and stories.

Once again, thank you!

DasBigfoot said...

Just stumbled across your site by accident today but spent about 45min. exploring. Wonderful photos and commentary pulls it all together. I was in SLC in the 80's- a great bunch of people. Looking forwaad to reading that link about you and your friends joining the AAAF.

Steven Pace said...

Great Pictures. The one "A view from near ZCMI looking south down Main Street in 1937" is actually 1947.

Grandma F said...

I am 72 and can remember a lot of but not all of the places in the pictures. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.

Karen said...

Thank you for these photos!

Karen said...

Thank you for these amazing photos!

mamabluth said...

This blog is so interesting. Thanks for the putting the history together.
When Tedd & I were first married, we lived at 2641 Alden Street in Sugar House next to the owners of Sugar House Paint & Awning. For a very short time, Tedd was a prison guard at the point of the mountain and helped transport prisoners from the prison in Sugar House to the new prison.
Tedd graduated from South High in 1946.
We moved to Murray in 1954. Small world isn't it.
Dorothy Tuttle

Matt said...

love these vintage pics. Been looking for some similar ones of the old jail-house in Las Vegas for a while now. Great job though.