A Look Back: Religions in the late 1800s to early 1900s
Published: October 26, 2012 05:12PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 10:44PM
Photo Courtesy Utah State Historical Society Image shows a group of people entering St. Margarites, a small Catholic church in Tooele, Utah, 1910. The first Europeans to set foot in Utah were Catholics. Catholic priests Francisco Atanazio Dominguez and Silvestre V. de Escalante entered Utah Valley on Sept. 23, 1776, while the original 13 colonies were fighting for their freedom. The French trapper Etienne Provost — for whom the city of Provo is named — is believed to be the first non-Native American to see the Great Salt Lake in 1824. After the Mormon pioneers, members of the Catholic faith were the first to make their homes in Utah. In 1863, Catholic settlers started arriving in significant numbers, working as miners and later as rail workers during the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. Since then, the community has continued to grow.

The Salt Lake Tribune occasionally presents images from its archives or from the Utah State Historical Society in a special series called A Look Back. Today’s installment is a collection of images of religious figures, congregations and places.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback. Here are some of the previous installments:

Utah newspapers, late 1800s to 1900s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City