So next time youre headed to zion national park, the bonneville salt flats or moab, pack this activity book with the crayons, water bottles. Bonneville salt flats, stretch of barren salt flats covering about 100 square miles 260 square km in tooele county, northwestern utah, u. Ilminens garage in lone rock is home to 11 motorcycles. Despite being a desolate, lifeless desert for about 300 days a year, the bonneville salt flats may be one of the most exciting places in the whole state of utah.
British automobile racer sir malcolm campbell speeds across the salt bed in his bluebird and sets a world record of 301. There, a crusty yet perfectly flat strip measuring. Bonneville salt flats bonneville speedway wendover, utah. Complete history of utah in encyclopedia form consisting of 575 articles and over 200 historic photographs. Located in the great salt lake desert, the bonneville salt flats are both a geographic and landspeed marvel. Donald campbell, in cowboy hat at center, confering with bluebird project manager peter carr right and bill backman of the bonneville. I have tried to restrict the list to facts that are less likely to be well known but in some cases the facts are quite common. Bonneville a century of speed utah salt flats racing. The 1984 honda v30 magna, left, ran at the salt flats in 2010 and 2012 but did not set a record. Discover librarianselected research resources on utah history from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals, magazines, newspapers and more.
Bonneville salt flatsutah motorsports marriott library the. Speed on salt a history of the bonneville salt flats. Archaeological evidence dates the earliest habitation of native americans in utah to about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The flats, part of the great salt lake desert, are a remnant of the bed of an ancient lake formed about 30,000 years ago late in the pleistocene epoch and named for b. View all hotels near bonneville salt flats on tripadvisor. The bonneville salt flats are located west of great salt lake near the town of wendover on the utahnevada border, about 115 miles west of salt lake city.
Bonneville salt flats region, utah, united states britannica. The salt flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide with total area coverage of just over 46 square miles. Salt production in kansas, utah, louisiana, new york, ohio and michigan in the u. Each park anchors a travel region that beckons travelers to immerse themselves in not only the iconic national park, but the state parks, national monuments and small towns that weave texture into southern utah. Online store of, utah salt flats racing association. Much of the lake shore is bordered by mud and salt flats. Paleolithic people lived near the great basins swamps and marshes, which had an abundance of fish, birds, and small game animals. This streamliner, built by students at brigham young university, set a landspeed record for the worlds fastest electric car over the course of two qualifying. All that is needed is to acknowledge the utah state historical society. Bill mcrae is the coauthor of several travel guides, including moon utah and moon oregon both with judy jewell. Bonneville salt flats wendover, utah lake, park facebook. It is located along i80 near the utahnevada border. Everything you need to know about the bonneville salt flats.
Utahs salt flats the backdrop for new historical mystery. An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of cod and the basque history of the world in his fifth work of nonfiction, mark kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history. Interim geologic map of the bonneville salt flats and east part of the wendover 30 x 60 quadrangles, tooele county, utah, east partyear 2. Bonneville salt flats bonneville speedway wendover. Search personal and corporate names and some subjects. Originally published by the university of utah press. Alexandra lier visited the famous speed week at bonneville salt flats.
Thousands of visitors, commercial film makers, and of course, highspeed auto racers, make the bonneville salt flats a world famous destination. Bonneville salt flats wendover 2020 all you need to know. It is one of the most consistently flat areas on earth, which makes it the ideal home for landspeed record attempts. Bonneville salt flats topographic utah department of. Interim geologic map of the bonneville salt flats and. This is the process that created the great salt flats in utah, for examplethose are mostly made up of evaporates. Road to bonneville raceway, great salt flats, utah, from. Land speed books land speed racing history greg wapling. Once hastings followers got further into utah, they would have to cross the salt flats surrounding the great salt lake, a salt desert that involved trekking for 80 miles with no water. Utah salt flats racing association hosting world of speed southern california timing association sponsors of speed week and world finals east coast timing association land speed racing at maxton bub motorcycle speed trials at bonneville the texas mile. For more about the university of utah s special collections dept, click here these images are the property of the university of utah. Donald campbell, in cowboy hat at center, confering with bluebird project manager peter carr right and bill backman of the bonneville speedway association. Her book speedseekers, documenting everything from classic hot rodding, the salt. History of the bonneville salt flats captured like youve never.
The history of utah motorsports is peppered with a variety of classes and styles of competition from grassroots drag racing up to nationally. Donald campbells bluebird arrives on the bonneville salt flats, september 1960 courtesy ron christensen bonneville salt flats, sept. Bonneville salt flats blm utah department of natural. Ap photo chris detrick the salt lake tribune eileen hallet stone poses for a portrait in the tribune studio thursday march 8, 2012. Road to bonneville raceway, great salt flats, utah, from the. Ap photo chris detrick the salt lake tribune eileen hallet stone poses for a.
Mighty 5 utah national parks utah national parks visit utah. The bonneville salt flats are all that remains of pleistocine lake in utah and are a denselypacked salt pan located west of the great salt lake this area is wide open and extremely flat. However, the greatest of these is the long tradition of competing for land speed records on the bonneville salt flats. Department of natural resources special publication 1.
Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. We know that hours in the car can be torture for all, and because were so nice and thoughtful and creative, weve made the best utah coloring activity book in the whole wide universe. List of books and articles about utah history online. The property is public land managed by the bureau of land management and is known for land speed records at the bonneville speedway. In his spare time he earns money by writing polemics for a hightech pr company. To assist with your travel decisions in the short and long term, we are working to share. The bonneville salt flats are found west of the great salt lake, in western utah. This list of books set in utah is the perfect accompaniment for a trip to utah, or simply. Speed on salt a history of the bonneville salt flats, utah, united states of america, george edward thomas eyston on. Utah history books 29 opening the west books 16 astronomy and weather books 8 childrens books 12 allpurpose maps. Feb 19, 2019 the doomed partys wagon ruts can still be seen on utahs salt flatsa mute reminder of what happened when the party trusted an impresarios words about how to travel to california. Special collections also holds books, papers, and other photographs documenting the history of railroads and streetcar lines in salt lake city, as well as many other aspects of utahs history. The doomed partys wagon ruts can still be seen on utahs salt flatsa mute reminder of what happened when the party trusted an impresarios words about how to travel to california. Land speed records jessi combs land speed record crash.
He has also edited books for national geographic and mobil guides and has written for websites like and. Donald campbell poses beside one of the immense wheels of his bluebird land speed car at its uk unveiling in 1960. Mormons, miners, padres, mountain men, and the openi. There, a crusty yet perfectly flat strip measuring nine miles long by just 80 feet wide was formed 50,000 years ago when a 45,000squaremile sea receded in what is now western utah. The history of utah motorsports is peppered with a variety of classes and styles of competition from grassroots drag racing up to nationally recognized stock racing. Hunt, a university of utah graduate who is a history professor at canadas university of waterloo, was fascinated by accounts of malcolm campbell, a british speed racer who set records in the bluebird, a rolls royce with a v12 engine. The great salt lake is the largest of the lake remnants of prehistoric freshwater lake bonneville, the others being bear lake, on the utahidaho border, and utah lake, west of provo, utah.
The area is a remnant of the pleistocene lake bonneville and is the largest of. Heres what a 427mph crash on the bonneville salt flats. Use surname, givenname middlename for names partial words or names are fine, but do not use wildcard. The utah salt flats racing association and its nonprofit allies are pushing the bureau of land management to establish a program to pump up to 540 million gallons of brine onto the flats over the. The studebaker avanti set all kinds of land speed records for a factory stock off the show room floor vehicles. Thi is a studebaker avanti promotional film from 1963. Dec 23, 2016 utahs salt flats the backdrop for new historical mystery. Gary ilminen shows off the 1974 honda 350 fourcyclinder motorcycle he used in 2014 to set a landspeed record in its class at the bonneville salt flats in western utah. Bonneville a century of speed super history of the salt and the racing machines. Sep 20, 2018 the bonneville salt flats in northern utah have long called to those who seek to go as fast as humanly possible and etch their names into history. Special collections also holds books, papers, and other photographs documenting the history of railroads and streetcar lines in salt lake city, as well as many other aspects of utah s history. The utah salt flats racing association records is a collection of material from the utah salt flats racing association usfra, an amateur land speed racing association operating on the bonneville salt flats in wendover, utah. Utah interurban railway history in photographs marriott. Road to bonneville raceway, great salt flats, utah, from the series the world in a few states.
Usfra has operated a number of land speed racing events throughout history, including bonneville speed week, the world. Evaporites are rocks that are formed by the minerals left behind when the water they were dissolved in evaporates. The bonneville salt flats is a densely packed salt pan. This volume brings together multidisciplinary articles on the history, scientific research, artistic aspects, management, development, utilization, and other subjects related to great salt lake and its extended environs including the bonneville salt flats. Adventure and survival books 15 hiking books 2 general utah and area hiking guides 25 national parks of utah hiking books salt lake hiking books 5 wasatch hiking books 3 uinta hiking books 2 nearby states hiking books 18 outdoor activities 5 camping, cookouts, and ghost stories books 19 fishing and. The bonneville salt flats are a densely packed salt pan in tooele county in northwestern utah.
The area is a remnant of the pleistocene lake bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the great salt lake. The bonneville salt flats in northern utah have long called to those who seek to go as fast as humanly possible and etch their names into history. Bonneville salt flatsutah motorsports marriott library. The flats are a broad, saltcovered lake bed, and one of the flattest areas on earth. Commonly asked questions about utahs great salt lake. Yes, there is a history for context, and nicely done captions to fill in details, but his. Booksnstuff usfra apparel bonneville booksnstuff usfra membership posterncalendar specials entry record trophies ecommerce, open source, shop, online shopping, store. The smooth salt surface of the flats is ideal for auto racing, and several world land speed records have been set there. The bonneville salt flats is one of the most unique natural features in utah.
Utah is known for having some of the best skiing in the country, and the mountains near salt lake city. Material in the utah history to go site may be reprinted for noncommercial, education, or media use. The distinctive characteristic of a topographic map is that the shape of the earths surface is shown by contour lines. Information on this site was converted from a hard cover book published by university of utah press in 1994. The flats, part of the great salt lake desert, are a remnant of the bed of an ancient lake formed about 30,000 years ago late. Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the curvature of the planet, so barren. The utah department of natural resources map and bookstore is operated by the utah geological survey. The history of utah is an examination of the human history and social activity within the state of utah located in the western united states. Books nstuff usfra apparel bonneville books nstuff usfra membership posterncalendar specials entry record trophies ecommerce, open source, shop, online shopping, store. Jedediah rogers, coeditor utah historical quarterly.
The lake has fluctuated greatly in size, depending on. The shrunken remnants of lake bonneville today are the great salt lake in utah and its eponymous salt flats, while. A few steps onto the mirrorlike grounds of the bonneville salt flats or through the prismatic, 15milelong canyon tunnels of buckskin gulch will have you questioning whether this is the likes of our own planet or the landscape of a distant galaxy. Bonneville salt flats wendover 2020 all you need to. For more about the university of utahs special collections dept, click here these images are. The lake is fed by the bear, weber, and jordan rivers and has no outlet. Contours are imaginary lines that join points of equal elevation on the surface of the land above or below a reference surface, such as mean sea level. Books andrew hunt writes the dramatic backdrop through the eyes of police detective art oveson. The salt flats there in utah stretch out over 30,000 acres, where racing. It is located along i80 near the utah nevada border. Salt mining under the city of detroit, michigan has been a longstanding activity. Interim geologic map of the bonneville salt flats and east. The bonneville salt flats are a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the great salt lake basin in utah.620 1198 539 632 880 529 376 394 1022 1387 1039 415 768 957 980 767 1163 105 746 1441 1518 1062 279 399 352 1222 1591 493 1443 1481 155 292 362 938 78 344 557 1598 1026 248 1369 627 63 335 640 646