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World War II Honor List

The End of World War II in Images

Taken on August 14, 1945, the following images taken in downtown Salt Lake City are from the Salt Lake Tribune Collection housed at the Utah State Historical Society. Gathered by Ron Fox, these photos capture the emotion felt as Japan surrendered.

Click here for Utah’s World War II “Honor List of Dead and Missing,” which was published by the War Department in June 1946. This report also lists each Utahn casualty by name, according to their county of residence.


National Register Nominations | September 2014

In October 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

John & Margaret Price House in Salt Lake City

Murray City Diesel Power Plant in Murray

Rawsel & Jane Bradford House in Murray

James & Mary Jane Miller House in Murray

John & Sarah Jane Wayman House in Centerville

The Board of State History meets on October 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site. Please note: agenda for October 2014 may be delayed due to the production of the sixty-second annual Utah State History conference.

Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic properties in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Moon House Complex, San Juan County; Ballard-Sego Coalmine Historic District; Myton Presbyterian Church, Myton, Duchesne County; Harold & Evelyn Burton House, Holladay; the Provo U.S. Post Office, Provo; River Heights Sinclair Station, River Heights, Cache County; and Shem Dam, Washington County.

Moon House Complex
San Juan County

Statement of Significance: The Moon House Complex in San Juan County, Utah, with a construction date beginning c.1240, is significant under Criterion A for its association with the Social History of the late Pueblo III period in the Western Mesa Verde area, Northern San Juan Basin region. This canyon site represents the only example of community level integration on Cedar Mesa, a significant event in Northern San Juan Basin prehistory prior to regional depopulation. Pristine architecture provides a well-preserved momentary or synchronic aspect of a small village site at abandonment, a critical period in northern Southwestern prehistory.
The Moon House Complex is also significant under criterion C in the areas of Architecture and Art for its representation of both Mesa Verde and Kayenta architectural styles, community planning and layout, and rock art. The site provides one of the finest examples of Puebloan architecture in southeastern Utah given its varied methods of construction, workmanship, and degree of preservation. The complex is also significant under criterion C under Art. The mural art depicted at the Moon House has been described as unique (Carr 2008), and represents a significant example of Pueblo III iconography. The Moon House Complex is significant under criterion D in the research areas of Community Planning and Development, Architecture, Prehistoric Archaeology, Art, Ethnic Heritage, and Religion. Specifically, the complex has the potential to provide significant additional information for addressing the development of late Pueblo III communities, the social dynamics of aggregation and abandonment, the role of kivas and public architecture, site layout and planning, architectural design and remodeling, agricultural intensification and storage architecture, ceremonial practices or religion, and archaeology. Architectural studies and ceramic analysis may provide significant information on regional relationships between the Western and Central Mesa Verde traditions and between the Mesa Verde and Kayenta Traditions of southwest Colorado and northern Arizona, respectively.
Furthermore, the site possesses integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association with an Ancestral Puebloan village site. Location, setting, and feeling are preserved within the Cedar Mesa Special Management Area, a primitive backcountry area set aside for its significant Ancestral Puebloan prehistory. Design, materials, and workmanship of the architecture and mural art remain nearly pristine from its protection within a canyon alcove setting. Unlike the ruins preserved at Mesa Verde National Park and elsewhere, the Moon House has never been subject to reconstruction or invasive preservation measures. Because it is nominated under several eligibility criteria, some of which possess thematic elements that represent prehistoric phenomena affecting a multi-state region of the Southwest Culture Area, the Moon House Complex is nominated at the national level of significance, with a period of significance dating from 1240-1270.

Read the full nomination:
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Ballard-Sego Coalmine Historic District
Grand County

Statement of Significance: The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine Historic District in Grand County, Utah has statewide significance under Criterion A, B and D in the context of coal mining in the Intermountain West. It is a complex archaeological and architectural site that relates to and can provide information regarding exploration and development of extractive coal mines and mining townsites throughout the region. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine was active between 1900 and 1954, the period of significance, with its primary period of productivity between 1912 and 1949, while it was served by the Thompson-Ballard railroad spur. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is one of only three Utah coal mines outside Carbon County, Utah. It is a pristine archaeological example of coal mining industrial and community development, as it existed only during coal mining operations and has not had additional development in the decades since the mine closed. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is significant under Criterion A for above and below ground remains of early twentieth century coal mining and associated mining operations. The mine is also significant under Criterion A for its exceptionally rare and unique mix of vernacular dugouts, single miner cabins and non-company housing as well as more typical company-constructed housing and commercial buildings. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is the both the best example in Utah, and only example outside Carbon County of such mixed construction. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is significant under Criterion A for its historically rich and diverse ethnic heritage. Like other coal mining towns in the region, the Ballard-Sego Coal Mine supported a large, segregated ethnic population, including a long-term Japanese community, unusual in the Intermountain Region. The Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is significant under Criterion B for its association with prominent regional rancher, merchant and explorer Henry (Harry) G. Ballard. Harry Ballard rose from an immigrant range-hand to become an explorer with the 1889-90 Robert Stanton Colorado River Survey and later an influential businessman and developer. Harry Ballard both founded the nearby town of Thompson’s Spring and patented and developed the Ballard-Sego Coal mine. The site is also significant under Criterion D for its potential ability to provide archaeological evidence of its rich physical and cultural history. Although it has few standing buildings, the Ballard-Sego Coal Mine is one of the best preserved early coal mining developments in Utah, with visible remnants of major coal mining features, roads, and vernacular and planned residential and commercial buildings. The identified archaeological artifacts are well preserved due to the site’s isolation and dry climate, and further exploration should yield an even better understanding of early 20th century coal mining operations in the Intermountain Region and the lives of miners and their families

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication.


Harold W. & Evelyn Burton House
Holladay, Salt Lake County

Statement of Significance: The Harold W. and Evelyn Burton House, constructed in 1923 in Holladay, Utah, is locally significant under Criterion B in the area of Architecture.  The period of significance reflects the time that the Burtons occupied the house, 1923 through 1930.  The house was designed by and was the primary residence for Harold W. Burton, his wife Evelyn, and their four children.  Harold Burton was a prominent architect in Utah at the time.  His wife, Evelyn, was active in developing Gilmer Park Subdivision, now listed as a part of the Gilmer Park Historic District.  She was also one of the principal owners of that project.  Burton’s firm, Pope & Burton, designed several significant and iconic buildings in Utah and the region during the time he lived in the house.  Because of health reasons he moved to California in 1930 where he continued to design many temples and meetinghouses for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in the U.S. and Canada during his prolific career.  He ultimately moved back to Utah and became the Chief Supervising Architect for the LDS Church, so his influence is felt worldwide in the buildings he designed and projects he supervised. Although much of his work of importance continued after he moved from here, this house is the best preserved of his residences in Utah., the others having been impacted by a loss of historical integrity. For this reason, the Harold Burton House is significant and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Salt Lake County_Harold & Evelyn Burton House

U.S. Post Office, Provo
Provo, Utah County

Statement of Significance: The U. S. Post Office qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C at the local level of significance. Its period of significance is its construction date, 1937, onto the date of its addition in 1966. Alterations are evident but kept this building a viable asset and the building has retained its architectural integrity.
For these reasons, the building remains integrity under Criterion C as the renovations it has undergone have maintained its distinctive character both on the interior and exterior, and the property continues to possess distinctive characteristics of the period and features prominent art in the conserved mural done under the WPA.
The rear addition to the building is very sympathetic in design, since particular attention was given to the use of materials and design that conform to the original plan and thus it does not make a significant impact. A single score line distinguishes old work from new. Minor decorative changes were only made to the main elevation for purposes of renaming, and in 2015 an accessibility ramp was added to the main elevation in compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS).
The building is a Provo landmark, designed by Joseph Nelson, a very distinguished Provo architect, utilizing the Public Works Administration Moderne style favored for public buildings in the 1930s, particularly those built under the aegis of the Supervising Architect’s Office, the Treasury Department. The subject building has a Works Progress Administration mural by Utah artist Everett Clark Thorpe that demonstrates the democratic intent of the Roosevelt administration to utilize federal funds to bring work to local artists and builders throughout the Great Depression years.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Utah County_US Post Office Provo

River Heights Sinclair Station
River Heights, Cache County

Statement of Significance: The River Heights Sinclair Station, built in 1950, is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of River Heights, Utah in the mid-twentieth century. Under Criterion A in the area of Transportation, the building is significant as the only service station ever constructed in the small rural community of River Heights. The period of significance is
1950 to 1967 (fifty years ago). For the first fifteen years the service station was operated by Oral Stirland, who leased the building from long-term owners, Newell Lavon Fuhriman and his son, Newell Dean Fuhriman. It was later operated by Karl Bindrup between 1965 and 1975.
Oral Stirland’s Sinclair Station was primarily an automobile fuel and repair facility, but in the mid- 1960s Karl Bindrup provided additional services such as tractor, lawnmower and small engine
repairs. Bindrup’s Sinclair Station was a gathering spot. He stocked penny candy for the
children after the community’s only general store closed down. The Sinclair Station provided a vital service to the citizens of River Heights who, like most of America, had increased their reliance on the automobile after World War II. The service station was particularly important when the rainstorms overwhelmed the only bridge between River Heights and the larger city of Logan. During rising flood levels, having a local fuel stop was particularly important as the only alternate routes to work places, shopping centers, medical facilities, and the regional high school or state college in Logan were quite lengthy. As the only real commercial building in town, it was architecturally unique in contrast to the residential construction. After serving for decades as a service station, the building was later used as a boat shop and was used as a residence for a few years in the 1990s. The building is currently used as a studio by a local photographer. The River Heights Station is a contributing historic commercial resource in this small residential community.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Cache County_ River Heights Sinclair Station

Shem Dam
Ivins Vicinity, Washington County

Statement of Significance: Shem Dam, located in Washington County, Utah, and constructed in 1934–1935, is historicallysignificant at the state level under Criteria A and C. It is significant under Criterion A in the area of Social History for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal program that gave jobs to thousands of unemployed young men in Utah during the Great Depression. CCC crews worked on diverse flood-control, erosion-control, and other conservation projects throughout the state, and Shem Dam is a monument to the accomplishments of the CCC
in Utah. The dam is significant under Criterion C in the area of Engineering because it embodies a distinctive method of construction developed by a Utah engineer for economical flood-control structures in a mountainous agricultural region. The period of significance for Shem Dam is 1934–1958, which begins with construction of the dam at Shem and ends the year the dam was repaired for a second time under Winsor’s supervision, following flood damage. A major flood in 2011 badly damaged the dam once again, prompting the Shem Dam Rehabilitation Project, an undertaking of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rehabilitation of the dam, completed in 2015, changed the design of the spillway by partially eliminating the original central arch design, but the massive abutments of the dam and the adjacent portions of the spillway retain their original design, materials, and appearance, giving the dam historic integrity.

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

How can I get a house or building listed? (and other frequently asked questions)


National Register Nominations | January 2018

On January 25, 2018, the State Historic Preservation Review Board, for the Utah Division of State History, will review four nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. These are:

UT_Salt Lake County_ Harold B and Fern Lee House, The Harold B. and Fern Lee House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County

UT_Davis County_Ron’s Phillips 66 Service Station, Ron’s Phillips 66 Service Station, Centerville, Davis County

UT_Kane County_Paso por Aqui – Año 1776 Inscription_Redacted, Paso Por Aqui Inscription, Kane County

UT_San Juan County_Coal Bed Village_Redacted, Coal Bed Village, San Juan County

The State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 1:00 pm, in the Board Room of the historic Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, to review the NRHP nominations. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site.

Call for Entries Open for “DesignArts Utah ’14” – 19 May 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the call for entries for “DesignArts Utah ’14,” a juried exhibition highlighting the work of professional and student designers in any design field who currently live in Utah. Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in New York, is this year’s juror. All entries must be submitted by June 27, 2014.

This exhibition of selected designs opens Friday, August 29 and runs through Friday, October 17, 2014, culminating with a closing reception in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition will be inside the Rio Grande Depot in the Rio Gallery, located at 300 South Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 recognition and thank-you award for the achievement and contribution to Utah.

Juror Ellen Lupton is senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Recent museum projects include “Graphic Design — Now in Production,” an exhibition on national tour through 2014, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Lupton also serves as director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers are invited to participate, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design — urban and rural), as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields. Entries may be submitted online or via CD/DVD to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Design Arts Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2014.

Further information, including entry forms and instructions, is available online at If you have questions, contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271.

Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments

For immediate release

April 30, 2014

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

For Technical Information:  Alycia Aldrich, 801.245-7226


Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments


Salt Lake City – Utah State History has awarded over $147,000 in matching grants to 14 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) for the 2014-2015 grant year. CLG grants assist local governments in documenting and preserving historic buildings and archaeological sites.  The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.  For more information on the Certified Local Government program, visit

Centerville – $9,950 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Thomas and Sara Whitaker house, to conduct a selective reconnaissance level survey, prepare a National Register nomination, to attend the Utah Preservation Conference, and to publish a walking tour booklet of historic Centerville City homes.

Draper – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Joseph & Celestia Smith House or another National Register-listed home, attend a preservation conference, and to publish a historic walking tour brochure.

Emery County – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed San Rafael Bridge.

Heber – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Heber City Amusement Hall.

Hurricane – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Bradshaw House/Hotel.

Leeds – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Leeds CCC Camp Historic District and the National Register-listed Wells Fargo and Company Express Building.

Manti – $7,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Manti City Hall.

Rockville – $2,500 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Russell Home in the Grafton Historic District, and to publish walking tour brochures.

Salt Lake City – $24,948 to hire a professional consultant to complete a standard reconnaissance level survey of the University Neighborhood Historic District, to host an onsite training seminar related to historic preservation, and to send members of the historic preservation commission to a national, regional, or local conference related to historic preservation.

Salt Lake County – $16,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Henry J. Wheeler Farm, and to hire a professional consultant to prepare a multiple property National Register nomination for buildings within the Millcreek Township area.

Sandy – $10,000 to hire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the National Register-listed Crescent Elementary School, and to publish walking tour booklets and brochures.

South Jordan – $7,500 to hire a professional financial consultant to complete a Market Demand Analysis and a Pro Forma Financial Analysis to help identify a highest and best use of the National Register-listed Samuel E. Holt Farmstead.

St. George – $10,000 to hire a consultant to conduct an archaeological survey of approximately 800 acres in the city boundaries, to update and publish the third edition of the Landmark & Historic Sites book, and to attend the Utah Preservation Conference.

Tooele County – $17,800 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Benson Grist Mill, and tohire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the historic Wendover Officer’s Club at Wendover Air Force Base.


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Utah Archaeology Week Open House

What: Utah Archaeology Week Open House
When: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Find out more about Utah’s incredible past during Utah Archaeology Week, May 3-10, 2014. Archaeological themed events will be held throughout the state to educate the public about Utah’s fabulous archaeological heritage.

On May 3, the Utah Division of State History will host the Archaeology Week Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will be able to throw a special spear called an atlatl, grind corn using stone tools, make Fremont figurines, see how projectile points are made, buy Indian tacos, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

“Archaeology Week gives the community a chance to connect to Utah’s unique past,” says Brad Westwood, Director, Utah State History. “It helps people realize that we have 13,000 plus years of human activity in Utah. Archaeology is our heritage and should be celebrated.”

Organizations throughout Utah will be hosting additional special events during Utah Archaeology Week. For a complete listing of statewide events, please visit or call Deb Miller at 801-245-7249 or email

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Helen Z. Papanikolas Award for Best Student Paper on Utah Women’s History

Utah State History sponsors the Papanikolas Award to encourage new scholarly research in the area of Utah women’s history at colleges and universities.  The award is named for Helen Z. Papanikolas (1917-2004), a former member of the Utah State Board of History who was most noted for her research and writing on Utah and ethnic history, but also wrote fiction, as well as women’s history.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must address some historical aspect of women’s lives in Utah.
  • The author must be enrolled at a college or university.
  • Papers need not be published.
  • Papers should include original research that includes primary sources.  The paper must be footnoted.
  • Papers must be received by June 1, 2014.
  • Please call or E-mail us on June 1, 2014 if you have not heard directly from us that we received your paper.

The winner receives a monetary award as well as being honored at Utah State History’s annual meeting held September 25-27, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Submit papers to:

Linda Thatcher
(801) 534-0911

Creating Positive Impacts in FY2013


Visual Division Highlights Report FY2013

In FY2013, the Utah Division of State History aimed to positively impact communities throughout Utah by assisting developers, agencies, communities, architects, archaeologists, researchers, genealogists, law enforcement, Certified Local Governments, homeowners, teachers, students, and the general public.

These reports show the impact of State History’s services on communities throughout Utah, on the economy, and on the general state of heritage and history in the state of Utah. State History’s programs–Antiquities, Historic Preservation, Library & Collections, and Public History seek to positively impact the communities and constituents they serve through free or easily-accessible services, and looks forward to another year of providing the services our communities need to thrive.


Text Only Division Highlights Report FY2013

  Please feel free to download this report in a text-only format, or a more compact, visual format.

Please note that both reports are .pdf documents and you will need Adobe Reader to download and read these reports. To get a free copy of Adobe Reader, click here.