Latinos and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-EightBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the late 1880s and into the 1890s Latino/as slowly started to arrive in the Utah territory. It was largely railroad companies and later agriculture that drew Latino/as into Utah’s economy. In 1881, the first railway linked Mexico to the American Southwest. American corporations built and mainly controlled …

Latino/as and the West Side: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-NineBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Latino/as who lived in twentieth-century Utah faced discrimination and unstable employment options that negatively affected their lives. However, their dedication to community-building and hard work helped them to establish themselves in Salt Lake’s west side and far beyond. The 100% American nativist sentiments (a belief in protecting established …