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5 Facts About Utah's Capital: How Well Do You Know Salt Lake City?

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 10:29 AM

Located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is both the county seat and the state capital. But everybody knows that, right?

Here are five facts about Salt Lake City that you may not know:

1. Finger Lickin' Good:

Salt Lake City was home to the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Franchise owner Pete Harmon even invented the big paper bucket that became synonymous with KFC. While the original restaurant no longer exists, a newer one sits on the same spot and features one of the Colonel's original white suits.

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2. Quirky Liquor Laws a Thing of the Past (Almost):

Up until 2009, if you wanted to buy a drink in a bar, you had to join that bar's "private club." It wasn't that big of a hurdle, but the law often took people from other states by surprise. That law has been abolished, but there is one quirky law that's still on the books: At restaurants, it's illegal for a waiter to serve you a drink before you read the menu. If you sit down and order an alcoholic beverage, the waiter must first ask you if you're going to eat.

3. Whales in the Great Salt Lake:

In 1875, a man named James Wickham was looking for a way to increase tourism. He thought having whales swimming around in the Great Salt Lake would do the trick, so he had two of the giant mammals shipped in from Australia. Unfortunately, once they swam off, there is no official record that they were ever seen again, although rumored spottings continue to this day.

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4. World's Most Extensive Genealogy Records:


The Family Research Library in Salt Lake City is the largest of its kind in the world. Founded in 1894 to help members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints research their family histories, the library now boasts more than 2.4 million records from the U.S., Europe, Canada, Great Britain, Asia and Africa. More than 1,500 people visit every day to discover their family histories.

5. The Salty Lake:

Did you ever wonder how an inland lake got to be so salty? The answer is surprisingly simple: The lake has no outlets. The tributary water flowing in has small amounts of salt, and since there's nowhere for the water to go, it sits there and evaporates, leaving the salt behind. While the water is too salty to support much marine life, that same salinity makes the Great Salt Lake a fun place to float: The water is simply too salty to let you sink.

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