Sugar House Neighborhood - Salt Lake City, Utah - A historical neighborhood consisting of residential areas, as well as businesses


The Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City is located in an area with boundaries from about 700 East St, at its western edge to 2000 East at the east and 1300 South to about 2700 South St.

In 1853, six years after Brigham Young and other Mormon Church members arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the Sugar House neighborhood was established. The area was named after a proposed sugar mill that was to be built in the area, but the plan was ultimately halted when the materials for the mill's construction never arrived from France.

Although the sugar mill was never completed, the area kept the name of Sugar House and became the home of the first Utah State Prison, known as the Sugar House Prison. The prison remained in operation until the mid 20th century when it was demolished and replaced with Sugar House Park and Highland High School.

Eventually this neighborhood became one of the main commercial centers in the area, especially for furniture stores. One of the Sugar House streets was known locally as furniture row because of the three major furniture stores located there. During the 1980s the Sugar House neighborhood deteriorated, becoming an extremely crime ridden area of the city, but in the latter part of the 20th century the neighborhood went through an intense revitalizing period.

Today, many people in Salt Lake City consider the Sugar House neighborhood to be one of the more desirable neighborhoods to live in. The area is home to strip malls, and numerous other major businesses. One large business district houses businesses such as a ShopKo, a Toys "YA" Us, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, an Old Navy store, as well as a Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, and numerous fast food and family restaurants. There is also a 10-screen Cinemark movie theater.

In addition, the Sugar House neighborhood contains office buildings, Hidden Hollow Park, as well as Sugar House Park located between I-80, 2100 South, 1300 East, and 1700 East. During the 4th of July Celebrations, Sugar House Park is the location of one of the state's largest fireworks displays.

In recent years there has been a big push for more redevelopment in the Sugar House area. One improvement that has been proposed is the development of a vintage style Rail Trolley to connect the Sugar House Business District to the TRAX station on 2100 S, in Salt Lake City.

Some of the different areas associated with the Sugar House neighborhood include Highland Park, Oak Hills, and the Harvard/ Yale area. The real estate in these areas vary from mansions priced at half a million dollars and more in the Harvard/Yale area, to the Highland Park area where people can pickup a house for around three hundred thousand.

Sugar House is just one of several distinct neighborhoods in the Salt Lake City area; others include The Avenues, Rose Hill, Federal Heights, and Glendale.

William Wiltzius
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Jun 8, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
I am interested in any information you might have on when exactly A. P. Rockwood established his fish hatchery in Salt Lake City, and when (all the years) that Rockwood was warden at the territorial prison. I have seen it written he was the first warden (likely 1855), the second warden (1859) and the fourth warden (date unknown) before he died in 1879. It has been written that he used inmates of the prison as laborers at his fish hatchery but no dates were given. I known he had the hatchery operating in 1872 but I am interested if it was definately operating before 1868. Thanks in advance for any information you may have.

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