At one time in the dark reaches of American mining history, determined forces were locked in battle for the very soul of the nation. It was a time when the fuse was lit, the blast was imminent, and the warning cry was offered: "fire in the hole."
On a timeless journey, the Green River has carved its way through the heart of the West. A life source for generations of Native Americans, its rushing waters were a boon for trappers and a mystery to explorers. But in the 21st century the Green River is being offered as the answer to so many national and regional questions, its very future is in doubt.
Utah's African-American voices, although few in number, profoundly influenced the course of Utah history since the early 1800s. Now, some 200 years later, as Utah prepares for its millennial milestone, a celebration of its immigrant people moves to the forefront.
At sunrise on November 19, 1915 a firing squad took aim in the yard of the Utah State Penitentiary in Salt Lake City and put an end to the life of convicted murderer Joseph Hillstrom. More than eight decades later, the death of the Swedish immigrant at the hands of state authorities is one of the few certainties involving one of the most controversial and fiercely debated lives in the history of American labor.
It is one of the most mysterious creatures on earth. Linked to folklore and fairy tales, revered by Native Americans, and simultaneously feared by Western settlers through the ages, the wolf has endured the tests of mankind and now is rebuilding its natural niche in the wild.
For the early pioneers who dared to envision and create their Zion, there were thousands of opportunities for dreams to die, and thousands of reasons for them to give up hope. Yet the determined men and women who went before us found the faith and motivation to persevere in the face of adversity, to pursue the dream and become the nation's forty-fifth star.