The Early Chamber, 1887-1902

The Earlier Chamber of 1887: A Cautionary Tale

The year was 1888 and a Union Pacific railroad “palace car” filled with the paintings of Utah scenes, minerals, and pamphlets roamed the tracks between sixty eastern cities for three months. Even then, Utahns wanted to change the image of their hinterlands territory while attracting new business and residents. To prove their point, enterprising businessmen set out on a 9,000-mile journey to show off Salt Lake City–”Gem City of the Rocky Mountains.”