A Spotlight on Nine Sights Unique to Utah
Utah is a state full of natural and man-made wonders. Continuing my series on sites unique to Utah with the help of Atlas Obscura, we will look at unique sites around the Wasatch Front and the West Desert.
Snelgrove Ice Cream Cone: The Snelgrove Ice Cream Cone is in the Sugarhouse neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Charles Rich Snelgrove first opened his ice cream factory in 1929, and the ice cream soon became a Utah signature. Snelgrove was family-owned until the early 1990s when Dreyer’s purchased the brand.
You can check out the Snelgrove Ice Cream Cone at 2100 South between 800 and 900 East.
Salt Lake City Public Library: The library is a work of modern architectural art. The library includes a glass atrium that allows in natural light. In addition to its 500,000 books, there is also a rooftop garden area and an apiary on the fifth floor.
The Salt Lake City Public Library is at 210 East 400 South.
Summum Pyramid: Located in Salt Lake City, the Summum Pyramid came to be after Claude Corky Nowell’s encounter with “Summa individuals” in 1975. The Summum religion has its principles of creation and laws of learning and draws its beliefs from Egyptian polytheism and the teachings of “Gnostic Christians”. The church practices modern mummification and the pyramid serves as the church’s main teaching space, meditation hall, and provider of modern mummification.
The Summum Pyramid is open to the public on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. but appointments must be made ahead of time. The Summum Pyramid is at 707 Genesee Avenue.
Harman Cafe: Located in Salt Lake City, the Harman Cafe is the location of the World’s First KFC. In 1952, Harland Sanders franchised his chicken recipe to Pete Harmon.
Harman Cafe is at 3890 State Street.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple: Located in Spanish Fork, the Hare Krishna temple is host to one of the largest Festival of Colors outside of India. Charu Das first visited Utah in 1975 and fell in love with the landscape. He and his wife came back and built the temple to minister to the underrepresented population of Hindus. The temple was built in 1998 and includes grounds that contain a large natural amphitheater, an animal park, and a vegetarian buffet.
You can visit the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple at 8628 South State Road.
Provo Tunnels: Located in downtown Provo, the 100-year-old tunnels house artists, restaurants, tattoo shop, and history. The tunnels were used to store blocks of ice from Utah Lake to keep it cold for as long as possible.
The Provo Tunnels are at 65 North University Avenue.
ATK Rocket Garden: Located in Corinne, the ATK Rocket Garden display is part of a testing facility for Northrop-Grumman.
The ATK Rocket Garden is at 9160 UT-83.
Saltair: Located in Tooele on the shore of the Great Salt Lake. Saltair was originally built in 1893 and is a popular concert venue now. I’ve had the chance to see Evanescence and Breaking Benjamin there and it was a fun time.
Metaphor The Tree of Utah: located in Wendover. The 90-foot-tall sculpture is the creation of Swedish artist Karl Momen and was created in the early 1980s.
Here are some links to some more sites unique to Utah.