"All Are Talking of Utah" : A Century (More or Less) of Views from Outside the Hive
Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters
At various times in its history, Utah attracted widespread national and international attention. May examines some of those moments: the 1857-58 Utah War, completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, and the granting of statehood in 1896. In newspaper reporting, Mormons and Utah were ignored in 1869, but were the focus of media reporting in the 1850s and in 1896. In 1869, the railroad received all the attention of reporters. By way of comparison, New Mexico was almost ignored by national newspapers when it became a state in 1912. May expects that both people (Mormons) and place (Utah) will be in the spotlight during the 2002 Winter Olympics.