Thursday 19 February 2009

Salt Lake City

No postmark that I can detect (but some interesting stamps, see below).  Dated 23 December 2008.

S697 Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City & Salt Lake Valley at dawn. Oquirrh Mountains in distance.
Photo by Scott T. Smith.

These are the stamps - I love it when they are interesting, as these are.

I confess I know next to nothing about Salt Lake City but I must have had a mental image because I was taken aback by the card.  Here I am demonstrating my ignorance. It looks so enormous, there is no sign of a lake, and I can see snow!  I think my mental image was taking cues from the Dead Sea!

One of the few things that I did know, is that Mormans were the first permanent settlers there, and it still is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Apart from that, it is the capital of Utah and is known as the Crossroads of the West.
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  1. Aren't there land speed record attempts there as well?

  2. I seem to be following all my little community around today! Utah salt flats? Think I agree with Martin.

  3. I didn't realize that it was such a gargantuos city either!

  4. PS. I'll see you tomorrow for PFF!

  5. You are very knowledgeable! The lake is nearby, not in your picture. Large. Salty (heh) enough to float in. Your other readers are thinking of the Bonneville Salt Flats, a proving ground and one of the few places on earth flat enough and long enough to accommodate world land speed records. Located in Utah but not particularly close to Salt Lake City. The current record is held by an Englishman. But you probably knew that. :) The mountains are beautiful and big. The Winter Olympics were held in SLC recently.

    Ute Indians lived there much before the Mormons or any other white man, just for the record. Nice post.

  6. @Martin, I'd completely forgotten about that.

    @Mike, checking up on us all? :)

    @Marie, I haven't forgotten. :)

    @Max, thanks for that. I now remember those attempts but I didn't associate them with Salt Lake City, or even Utah. The vehicles don't bear a great deal of resemblance to cars at all, so I've never seen the point. The mountains do look beautiful, and of course, I'd forgotten about the Winter Olympics. I learn something every day with this hobby!


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