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Self-Guided Tours

Pick up a guidebook to the past.

Get some exercise while discovering the architecture of an historic neighborhood. Pick up one of Utah Heritage Foundation's self-guided walking tour brochures for downtown Salt Lake City, South Temple Street, or Capitol Hill.  Or download our Gateway Warehouse District audiotour to your mp3-capable device.

Utah Heritage Foundation's self-guided walking tour brochures contain maps, photos, descriptions of history and architecture -- everything you need to explore one of Salt Lake City's historic neighborhoods.

Click here for our guided tours.

Historic South Temple Street

stcover225.jpgSouth Temple has been Salt Lake City's most prestigious address since the city was first settled. Walking along South Temple today you will see stately mansions, magnificent churches, and impressive clubhouses. Utah Heritage Foundation's Historic South Temple Street Walking Tour Guide contains descriptions of 39 historic buildings from State Street to Virginia Street, a map, and numerous contemporary and historic photos. Completing the tour on foot requires approximately 2 ½ hours. The guide also includes Time Travel on South Temple, a tour for kids ages 9-12.


Historic South Temple Street Walking Tour Guide

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

Map

South Temple: A tour

Time Travel on South Temple: A tour for kids ages 9-12

Historic Downtown Salt Lake City

downtowncover225.jpgDid Salt Lake City have a Chinatown? Where can you find Art Deco style buildings downtown? What is the oldest commercial building in the city? Find the answers to these questions and more in Utah Heritage Foundation's Historic Downtown Salt Lake City Walking Tour Guide. This 44-page guide with a map contains five one-hour walking tours, including a special tour of Main Street for kids ages 9 -12. Come read the story of Salt Lake City's settlement and growth in downtown's historic buildings.

 

Historic Downtown Walking Tour Guide

Left-click on the files below to download or right-click to save them to your hard drive.

  Download the complete guide (4.55 Mb) or sections below

Table of Contents

Cover and Introduction

Acknowledgments

Map

North Downtown Heritage Tour

Main Street Tour

Time Travel on Main Street: A tour for kids ages 9-12

Exchange Place and Market Street Tour

Gateway-Railroad District Tour

This publication is currently out of print, in both map and guide forms, and is only available for download here.  We have no printed copies available for distribution.  Watch our website, blog, and ENEWSletter for information about our upcoming publication of a downtown walking tour book.

Tracks to Trax: Connecting Communities Audio Tour

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Tracks to Trax: Connecting Communities is a downloadable, audio/mp3 tour of the historic warehouse and Gateway District of Salt Lake City.

In 1869, the transcontinental railroad connected at Promontory Summit and by 1870 the railroad extended from Ogden through the west side of Salt Lake City, establishing the west side as the city's gateway, sowing the seeds for its future segregation from the town's geographic, cultural, and economic mainstream. In the next decade a network of rails spread throughout the city, proliferating most heavily in the Gateway District. As the railroad expanded, Utah's commercial industry grew, allowing Salt Lake to attract a diverse group of entrepreneurs, merchants, and laborers.

From 1880 to 1920 Salt Lake City's population exploded from 21,000 to 120,000, pierpontfreefarmersmuch of which can be attributed to the railroad, but it changed the character of the west side from a residential neighborhood to a distinctive warehouse district. Diverse ethnic communities that formed beginning with the coming of the railroad began to break up after World War II. And though economic booms of the late twentieth century and changes in transportation planning have altered the landscape, the history and architecture of the neighborhood is still prominent.

Take the tour and discover the Gateway District's history for yourself.

pdfDownload the map here.(3.16 MB)

mp3Introduction(4.35 MB)
mp3Utah Ice & Cold Storage(3.8 MB)
mp3Intermountain Furniture Warehouse(7.71 MB)
mp3Denver & Rio Grande Freight House(2.11 MB)
mp3Greektown(3.87 MB)
mp3Thomas Electric Company(4.02 MB)
mp3Citizens Investment Company(5.27 MB)
mp3Central Warehouse(3.06 MB)
mp3Redman Van & Storage Company(4.94 MB)
mp3Union Pacific Depot(9.02 MB)
mp3Gateway Rail Line Shadow(6.28 MB)
mp3Henderson Block(1.84 MB)
mp3Artspace Rubber Company(1.11 MB)
mp3Free Farmers' Market(4.98 MB)
mp3Cudahy Packing Company(686.43 KB)
mp3Ford Motor Company Building(823.68 KB)
mp3Denver & Rio Grande Depot(4.08 MB)
mp3Japan Town's History In The Gateway(6.56 MB)
mp3ZCMI Warehouse Artspace City Center(1.26 MB)
mp3Conclusion.mp3(1.1 MB)

zipDownload the tour audio here in an 80 MB zip file.(74.2 MB)

This tour was developed by Allison Carlquist, Dejan japaneseinutahEskic, Lyndsay Frendt, and PJ Nakamura of the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, April 2009.  Narration provided by Kara Glaubitz.  Music provided by Colette Call and Michael Lucarelli.

Historic Buildings on Capitol Hill

capitol-hill-brochure.jpgWhere can you explore historic buildings ranging from vernacular adobe houses to the monumental Utah State Capitol Building? Salt Lake City's Capitol Hill neighborhood is rich with Utah history and a diversity of architecture.

This guide contains descriptions of 24 buildings on Capitol Hill, including the popular Marmalade Historic District, a map, and numerous sketches.

pdfDownload the complete guide(1 MB) or

Pick up your free copy of Historic Buildings on Capitol Hill at the Utah Heritage Foundation office.

Utah Heritage Foundation
The Memorial House in Memory Grove Park
485 North Canyon Road
Salt Lake City Utah 84103
(801) 533-0858 ext.101
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

**Please note that we cannot mail copies of the brochure due to postage costs.

Walking Tour of the University of Utah Presidents Circle

uofuprescircoverwebExplore the historic horseshoe of the University of Utah with this walking tour of Presidents Circle.  This guide contains descriptions of 10 buildings on Presidents Circle, a map, and numerous sketches.  As this was produced in 1992 and has not been updated, some items may now be inaccurate.

pdfDownload the complete guide(2.43 MB) or

Pick up your free copy of A Walking Tour of the University of Utah Presidents Circle at the Utah Heritage Foundation office.

Utah Heritage Foundation
The Memorial House in Memory Grove Park
485 North Canyon Road
Salt Lake City Utah 84103
(801) 533-0858 ext.101
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

**Please note that we cannot mail copies of the brochure due to postage costs.