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Beautiful Vintage Photos of Salt Lake City’s Roads and Streets in the 1970s

Salt Lake City 1970sSalt Lake City is the capital and most populous city in Utah State. The city is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake and the snow-capped Wasatch Range. The city lies mountain valley with the Wasatch Mountains to the east and north and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. The city is a regional trade and transportation center and has an international airport.

These stunning photographs show Salt Lake City’s streets, roads, and highways. These photographs were taken by Cal Briggs and Gerald E. for the Utah Department of transportation from the 1970s.

#1 Eastbound I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

Eastbound I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

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#2 400 South at State Street, 1971

400 South at State Street, 1971

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#3 East side southbound I-215 approaching 3300 South, circa 1971

East side southbound I-215 approaching 3300 South, circa 1971

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#4 Eastbound I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

Eastbound I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

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#5 300 West (2nd West) at North Temple, April 1970

300 West (2nd West) at North Temple, April 1970

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#6 Looking west on I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

Looking west on I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

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#7 Looking west on I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

Looking west on I-80 at 700 East, September 1970

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#8 Southbound I-15 in Draper, July 1970

Southbound I-15 in Draper, July 1970

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#9 Northbound I-215 at I-80 / US-40 / US-40A, July 1971

Northbound I-215 at I-80 / US-40 / US-40A, July 1971

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#10 Westbound I-80 at I-15, February 1971

Westbound I-80 at I-15, February 1971

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#11 Foothill Dr (US-40) entering Salt Lake City, circa 1972

Foothill Dr (US-40) entering Salt Lake City, circa 1972

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#12 North Temple looking west, 1972

North Temple looking west, 1972

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#13 Northbound I-15 at 600 South, 1975

Northbound I-15 at 600 South, 1975

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#14 Northbound I-15 at US-89 / US-91, July 1970

Northbound I-15 at US-89 / US-91, July 1970

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#15 East side southbound I-215 at 3900 South, circa 1971-72

East side southbound I-215 at 3900 South, circa 1971-72

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#16 Runaway truck lane on Interstate 80, October 1971

Runaway truck lane on Interstate 80, October 1971

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#17 Westbound I-80 approaching 1300 East, February 1971

Westbound I-80 approaching 1300 East, February 1971

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#18 Westbound I-80 approaching I-15, February 1971

Westbound I-80 approaching I-15, February 1971

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#19 Westbound I-80 approaching State Street, February 1971

Westbound I-80 approaching State Street, February 1971

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#20 Westbound I-80 at 1300 East, February 1971

Westbound I-80 at 1300 East, February 1971

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#21 I-15 through North Salt Lake, circa 1972

I-15 through North Salt Lake, circa 1972

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#22 I-215 / I-80 / SR-186 interchange, 1972

I-215 / I-80 / SR-186 interchange, 1972

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#23 North Temple at Redwood Rd, 1972

North Temple at Redwood Rd, 1972

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#24 Northbound I-15 at 200 West, September 1972

Northbound I-15 at 200 West, September 1972

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#25 Temple Square and North Temple, 1972

Temple Square and North Temple, 1972

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#26 North Temple Viaduct (US-40), circa 1973

North Temple Viaduct (US-40), circa 1973

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#27 Northbound I-15 at 1300 South, April 1973

Northbound I-15 at 1300 South, April 1973

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#28 Northbound I-15 at 1300 South, April 1973

Northbound I-15 at 1300 South, April 1973

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#29 Eastbound I-80 approaching 2300 East, circa 1975

Eastbound I-80 approaching 2300 East, circa 1975

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#30 Redwood Rd at I-215 in North Salt Lake, 1978

Redwood Rd at I-215 in North Salt Lake,  1978

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#31 Westbound I-80 at Foothill Drive, February 1971

Westbound I-80 at Foothill Drive, February 1971

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#32 Southbound I-15 at US-89 / Beck St, April 1975

Southbound I-15 at US-89 / Beck St, April 1975

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#33 Looking north at the I-15 junction of I-215, 1979

Looking north at the I-15 junction of I-215, 1979

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#34 Southbound I-15 approaching 3300 South, January 1971

Southbound I-15 approaching 3300 South, January 1971

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#35 Westbound I-80 at 700 East, February 1971

Westbound I-80 at 700 East, February 1971

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#36 Westbound I-80 at State Street, February 1971

Westbound I-80 at State Street, February 1971

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#37 North Temple by night, 1972

North Temple by night, 1972

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#38 State St at Winchester St, 1979

State St at Winchester St, 1979

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  1. As a child, I loved the big clown on the Dees sign. Without whining and begging, we couldn’t drive past, resulting in a smack upside the head. Does anyone remember the children’s coin-operated “Ferris wheel” near the gum machines at the grocery store down the hill from the historic Granite district in Sandy?