Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is the state’s most populous city, serving as a core for the Salt Lake City metropolitan area and the larger Salt Lake City-Provo-Ogden urban region. The city, founded in 1847 by Brigham Young and several other Mormons, developed along the Wasatch Front, forming a significant urban corridor in the Intermountain West. Salt Lake City, originally named “Great Salt Lake City,” has its roots in agricultural development, but it evolved into a hub for mining, railroads, industrial banking, and more recently, outdoor recreation and tourism, particularly skiing. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and is renowned for its vibrant cultural scene and natural beauty. Despite being the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the city boasts a diverse population with less than half being members of the LDS Church. Today, Salt Lake City continues to grow and diversify, further establishing its status as the Crossroads of the West.
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