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Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

City Creek

The Creek That Built A City

 
 
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By Connor Olson, April 15, 2021
1. City Creek Marker
Inscription.  As City Creek flowed out of the canyon, it split into two main branches one of which ran through the western part of this block continuing on to the south of the city where it joined other creeks before reaching the Jordan River. As the city grew, residents constructed bridges across the creek to allow the passage of traffic and built houses and stores along its banks. Each spring brought a heavy run-off from the melting snow in the mountains, often causing property damage for those near the creek.


After particularly heavy flooding in 1853, the city consolidated both creek branches into a wide ditch down the center of North Temple Street to contain flooding. The water went directly from the mouth of City Creek Canyon to the Jordan River. The growing city soon obliterated the original creek bed and its original course was largely forgotten.

Caption: City Creek as it was diverted down North Temple
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
 
Location. 40° 46.121′ N, 111° 53.373′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from South Temple Street. Located in City Creek Center. Touch for map.

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By Connor Olson, April 15, 2021
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City UT 84111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Templeton Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Reserve Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Church Administration Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lion House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Lion House (about 300 feet away); Joseph Smith Memorial Building (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Lion House (about 400 feet away); Brigham Young’s Office (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
City Creek image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, April 15, 2021
3. City Creek
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jun. 13, 2021