The Chamber Begins: 1902-1930

A New Beginning in 1902: Meet the Commercial Club

Fifty-five men milled about the Knutsford Hotel dining room. Utah Governor Heber M. Wells had called the meeting. Days earlier the top 100 business leaders in Salt Lake City—dubbed by the 43-year-old governor as the [...]

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The First 25 Years: From Commercial Club to Chamber of Commerce

When Salt Lake business leaders organized the Commercial Club in 1902, theirs was still a world largely more pioneer than progressive. When it rained and snowed, the streets of a growing Salt Lake City turned [...]

Cleaning Up the City

On January 12, 1914, the Commercial Club’s Good Roads Committee presented a letter for the city commission about yet another civic improvement. “State Street is the main thoroughfare coming into Salt Lake City from the [...]

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The Magnate and the Magnificent “Club House”

A large crowd of people gathers to see the cornerstone laying for the new Commercial Club building on July 5, 1909. When it opened in 1909, the Commercial Club building was heralded as [...]

Bishop Nibley Bides His Time

In 1914, Salt Lake City was being prodded by women’s and civic organizations to increase its parks and playgrounds. It had just leased land from the Free Playground Society for a playground and had improved [...]

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Melting the Ice: Commercial Club Jump-Starts the Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Salt Lake had its beginnings in January 1911, a little more than five years after the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905. But it took a bold move [...]

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The First Airline Passenger, May 23,1926

Ben F. Redman was a short and stocky Salt Lake businessman who resembled somebody’s grandfather, and he had a passion. He was convinced that the new field of aviation held great promise, not only for [...]