When you’re shopping around for historic sites to visit within Salt Lake City, you’re naturally going to come across many, many instances pertaining to the historically dominant group in the region: the Mormons. After all, these were the very people that founded the city back in 1847, and this is the culture that would remain #1 in Utah for many decades to come.
However, in the intervening years since the arrival of Brigham Young & Co., global industrialization brought many groups to Salt Lake City on its coattails. The 1869 completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad near Tremonton, Utah, not only connected the Utah Territory to the rest of the world - but it also left behind a huge influx of railroad workers in the area. Many of these workers would settle in Utah, naturally bringing with them their cultures and religions.
The mining frenzy of the late 19th Century, too, had its hand in Utah’s diversification. With it, eager prospectors came to Utah’s mountains from around the world. And though mining would eventually dry up, it would leave these folks a permanent part of Utah’s population.
So today, when you’re visiting Salt Lake City’s historic sites, you’ll not only see the enormous and immaculate Temple Square, but you’ll also see influences of other cultures. So consider a stop at the Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in conjunction with your tour of the Beehive House.