The early Chamber and its predecessor, interested in sharing information to entice business, as well as chronicle Utah’s business climate, began with book publishing. Here are some selected titles found in archives:
1888. Salt Lake City: a sketch of Utah’s wonderful resources, prepared and published by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
“This publication is intended for the diffusion of correct information concerning Salt Lake City among the citizens of the East, few of whom have correct understanding of the extraordinary material advantages enjoy by Utah Territory, which deserves to rank among the greatest Commonwealths of the Union.”
Circa 1890. The new Utopia, or Utah epitomized: a brief compendium of the resources, attractions, advantages, possibilities, mineral, industrial and agricultural, of Utah and her capital.
The 18-page volume gives an over-the-top description of the virtues and beauties of Utah. Among the virtues are minerals to be mined and hot springs to bathe in.
1913. Salt Lake City and the State of Utah.
The slick and colorful magazine was published by Sunset Magazine for its Homeseekers’ Bureau of Information and showcases everything from outdoor recreation, to farming, to mining jobs and education. The 48-page piece begins with: “Salt Lake City and Utah are good places to visit and good places in which to live. They have been called peculiar. They are peculiar in this, that their people combine contentment with the courage, optimism and progressiveness that have created the great West; with the spirit that has wrung millions from the granite hills, made homes in the wilderness, built great cities and the deserts into gardens.”
1913. As I Remember Them.
The Salt Lake Commercial Club published C.C. Goodwin’s memoir, which highlights his time as editor of the Tribune, and highlighted the movers and shakers of the day that he had met over the years.
1914. Salt Lake Commercial Club Bulletin No. 1. Alkali and Water-logged lands.
The purpose of the Club’s first bulletin was to encourage the development of land between Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake. The bulletin envisioned a drainage system and reclamation of about 50,000 acres of land west of the city. In some measure, this vision has been fulfilled with the development of the Salt Lake City International Airport, nearby commercial and industrial enterprises, and a new state prison planned for the region.
1923. Come to Salt Lake City, the Center of Scenic America.
The brochure was part of the Chamber’s effort to make Salt Lake the center of a “See America First Campaign.” There was a large map with circles radiating from Salt Lake to western national parks (and future national parks) and other points of interest.
1929. Salt Lake City — Seven Days in and around “The Center of Scenic America.”
This provided information and pictures illustrating Salt Lake City and environs, with maps of Salt Lake City and national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Also included was a list of hotels and rates.
The most expensive was Hotel Utah; double rooms with bath — $5 a night. If you didn’t need a bath, most hotels started at $1.00 a night for a single room.