During the latter half of the nineteenth century Utah was undergoing physical and cultural colonization. Four months after the first Mormon pioneers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake, the site of Ogden city had been purchased from Miles Goodyear. The city developed slowly during its first twenty years, but when the railroad joined at Promontory Point in 1869, Ogden became the junction of East and West. The city experienced a peculiar economic and cultural boom not known elsewhere in the Mountain West or along the railroad due to the predominately Mormon population which now was imposed upon by the non-Mormon railroad and business interests. This thesis investigates theatre in Ogden before and after the introduction of the railroad, examines the pressures of the conflicting ideologies, and demonstrates the results of these pressures in the theatrical activities of the city.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Theatre and Media Arts
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Oaks, Harold R., "An Evaluation of the Beginnings, Purposes, and Influence of Drama in Ogden from 1840 to 1900" (1962). Theses and Dissertations. 4992.
Drama, Ogden, Utah, Drama