This study is a geographical description of a specific area at a particular point in history. The year 1869 was chosen for the study of the Wasatch Front because it is a datum point; something to work from. Following the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, the typically Mormon society at the Wasatch Front oasis began to be more rapidly integrated to the cultural and economic influences from the East. A geographic study of this area in 1869 focuses attention on the nature of the Mormon civilization and more fully illuminates the effect of progress on the area.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Geography
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Griffin, Rodney Dale, "The Wasatch Front in 1869: A Geographical Description" (1965). All Theses and Dissertations. 4729.
Utah, Description, travel, History, 19th century