At the beginning of the 20th Century, Salt Lake City was home to Industrial Workers of the World. The city was developing rapidly, and the population was also growing rapidly. Many historic buildings were constructed, including the State Capitol. Residents of the Avenues, Capitol Hill, Liberty Park, and Sugarhouse areas could commute to downtown by way of electric trolleys parked at Trolley Square. Over the years, trolleys were gradually replaced by buses. Eagle Gate, which had previously been used as a gate into Brigham Young’s estate, was rebuilt so traffic could flow properly. Several parks were constructed, sewer systems and streetlights were installed, and roads were paved during that time.
The economy of Salt Lake City was disrupted during the Great Depression. About 36% of the workforce was unemployed at its peak. Job opportunities were scarce. The growth resumed again during World War II when the war industries and military installations revitalized the economy.
Below are some stunning historical photos of Salt Lake City from the 1900s to the 1930s. These photos depict streets, landmarks, and the life of the city in the early 20th century.