Great Salt Lake

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Great Salt Lake is bleak yet beautiful, mysterious and alluring, an endangered “dead sea” vital to life. Explorer Jedediah Smith, surrounded by a vast wilderness, realized this felt to him like home. Conservationist John Muir found in the briny waters a sublime baptism and came out, in his words, salted and clean as a saint. Nineteenth-century Utahns built the first resorts, such as Saltair; bathed and floated in the water; and began extracting valuable salts and minerals from the ever-fluctuating lake. Ringed with wildlife refuges, it is a haven for migrating birds. With multiple state parks, Antelope Island among them, Great Salt Lake is today a magnet for sight-seeing, swimming, hiking, biking, horse riding, and sailing—just a few of the ways to experience what pioneer-era surveyor Howard Stansbury described as a “great and peculiar beauty.”
ISBN: 9781467109000
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Utah
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lynn Arave and Ray Boren, lifelong Great Salt Lake rovers, are journalists. Arave grew up by and still lives near the lake’s east shore. His interest in history has resulted in several blogs and books, including Images of America: Layton. Boren has called the Salt Lake City area home all his life but also wanders the world. The photographs come from multiple sources, including archives of the Utah State Historical Society and the Library of Congress.
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