Impress your friends! How many of these SLC facts do you know?
1. The city was originally named Great Salt Lake City, but the name was changed to its current rendition in 1868.
2. Salt Lake is proudly the birthplace of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken in America. The original location still stands today at 3890 S State Street.
4. The city consistently ranks in the Forbes’ top five list for “Best Cities for Jobs” and “America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals.”
5. The Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not the first one in the state — it took 40 years to build, and temples in St. George, Manti and Logan were all finished prior to its completion.
6. Touting the title of “Fittest City in the Nation” according to Men’s Fitness magazine, Salt Lake City is an excellent place to get your sweat on.
7. People flock from all over the world to do genealogical research in Salt Lake City, thanks to the Family History Library, which is the world’s largest of its kind.
8. Many people are surprised to hear that Salt Lake City is considered the “gayest” city in America, because of its lively LGBT community and support system.
9. Fry sauce was invented at the local fast food chain Arctic Circle.
10. Salt Lake City has become a model for homeless solutions, as the homelessness rate has dropped dramatically over the last 10 years by giving those people permanent housing.
11. City Creek Center is known as one of the top mixed-use downtown projects in America.
12. Salt Lake City was the first city in the country to have a “Green Shared Lane” for cyclists and is promoting biking with its new bike share program in the downtown area.
13. The emerging restaurant scene has earned Salt Lake City ranking in many magazines as one of America’s newest foodie cities.
14. The unusually wide streets in Salt Lake City were planned by founder Brigham Young, who wanted them wide enough for wagon teams to be able to easily turn around.
15. Less than 50 percent of Salt Lake City’s residents are Latter-day Saints, which is a much lower proportion than the rest of the state.
17. The 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics were considered one of the most successful Winter Olympiads in history, with records set in broadcasting and financing of the games.
18. Alta Ski Area gets the highest snowfall in the state, and it’s just 30 minutes from Downtown Salt Lake City.
19. Salt Lake City ranks No. 1 as “Best U.S. Hiking City” in America, according to National Geographic.
20. The city is known as the “Crossroads of the West” because of its central location in the western United States.
21. Trolleys and streetcars used to be the main transportation for people living in the Avenues and downtown area, but the last lines were discontinued in 1941.
22. There are fourteen ski mountains to choose from in the Salt Lake City area, home of the greatest snow on earth.
23. Anasazi Indians are the first known inhabitants of the Salt Lake City area, followed by the Ute tribe, which gives Utah its name.
24. Built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, The Grand America on Main Street is the only five-star hotel in Utah.
25. Salt Lake City resident Jon Huntsman, Sr. (father of former governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.) is the richest man in Utah and the 44th richest man in America.
26. SLC’s ski resorts are home to the greatest snow in the world, and it’s been scientifically proven.