In 1904, the Salt Lake Commercial Club organized an advertising and promotion committee to join the Utah World’s Fair Commission and send “some competent person to distribute literature and boom the town.” The committee was in charge of printing 40,000 promotional pamphlets to be distributed at the World’s Fair.
In an era when railroads were considered to be the guiding center of any future economy, the Salt Lake Commercial Club fought mightily to have the Union Pacific Railroad build the Lucin cutoff across the northern end of the Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City, instead of through Ogden. In the end, despite Salt [...]
Many newspapers gave detailed accounts of the Salt Lake Commercial Club founding in 1902. The organization was overseen by the state’s Gov. Heber M. Wells, former Gov. Arthur Thomas, C.A. Strevell and George T. Odell. The official incorporation papers were filed on Feb. 11, 1902. The next day, the 15 member board of governors was [...]
There were several efforts, between the end of the early Chamber and the creation of the Salt Lake Commercial Club, to revive some sort of business group. In June 1898, some businessmen sought to organize a statewide Board of Trade. The Tribune lauded the effort of the men to “repeat the Lazarus act on the [...]
The exact ending of the first iteration of a chamber of commerce in Salt Lake City had not been uncovered before Common Ground: 100 Years of the Salt Lake Chamber went to press in 2002. In the intervening years, how that early Chamber came to an end has become more clear. It came to its [...]
When authors Don C. Woodward and Joel Campbell first wrote Common Ground: 100 Years of the Salt Lake Chamber, many digitized resources were not available. With the help of then-Chamber employee Michael De Groote, Woodward and Campbell searched static archives at the Utah State Historical Society, Brigham Young University L. Tom Perry Special Collections, LDS Church [...]