A Look Back: The mansions and modest homesteads of Utah's early settlers
Published: August 17, 2013 12:49PM
Updated: August 30, 2013 07:22AM
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Salt Lake Tribune archive Interior of the home of Alfred William McCune in Salt Lake City. The home, located on north Main Street, cost $500,000 to build in 1901. McCune was a very successful business man with ventures in railroad and mining. He was a partner in the Peruvian Cerro de Pasco mines along with J. P. Morgan, William Randolph Hearst, and Frederick William Vanderbilt. McCune wanted his home to be extravagant. The McCune home site was chosen to rise up impressively over the nearby streets, and little expense was spared on decoration. McCune had materials shipped from San Domingo, England and South Africa. The red roof tiles came from Holland, and an enormous broad mirror wall was transported from Germany in a specially made railroad car. The walls were adorned with moiré silks, tapestries, and Russian leather. The exterior of the home was built of red Utah sandstone although some details like the lavish fireplaces used more exotic stone like Nubian marble.

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. This week features photos from the mansions to modest homesteads of Utah's early settlers.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Episcopal mission on Navajo land in Bluff in 1950

Hotels and boarding houses in the late 1800s

Pony Express, postal service and telegraph in Utah

Early churches in Utah and Wyoming

The mining ghost town of Mercur

Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Historic buildings in Utah

30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women’s fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah’s early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

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

Saltair

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