Utah Exhibition Hall

Utah Exhibition Hall

The Pioneer Monument, Salt Lake City, Postcard

The Pioneer Monument, Salt Lake City, Postcard

Utah was originally supposed to be the State of Deseret, founded by Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS, in 1847.

It was acknowledged as the Utah Territory in 1850, and became a state in 1896.

In 1854, Jewish artist, photographer, and writer Solomon Nunes Carvalho traveled with Colonel John C. Fremont’s exploratory expedition, and brought back pictures and written memories of the young Mormon community.

Young Solomon Carvalho

Young Solomon Carvalho, Self Portrait


Also, in 1854, Julius and Fannie Brooks became Utah’s first pioneer Jewish family.

In Utah, Jews were considered “Gentiles,” or “non-Mormons.”

The Auerbachs: Jewish Pioneer Department Store Family of Salt Lake City

Simon Bamberger: Pioneer Jewish Entrepreneur & 4th Governor of Utah

Jacob “Jake” Bergerman, Liquor Jewish Merchant and Saloon Proprietor of Colorado & Salt Lake City, Utah

Julius and Fanny Brooks, the First Jewish Settlers of Salt Lake City

Anna Rich Marks, Jewish Mining Investor & Real Estate Entrepreneur of Early Utah

Samuel Newhouse, Mining Magnate and Entrepreneur of Salt Lake City, Utah

Isaac & Sadie Wax, Pioneer Merchants of Rural Utah

Congregation B’nai Israel, the First Synagogue in Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, 1860's

Salt Lake City, 1860’s