Utah

A munitions, propulsion, composites, and explosives development and manufacturing complex located on a hill surrounded by the suburbs of southwest Salt Lake City. Alliant Tech Systems, based in Minnesota, acquired the large and diversified facility, which...

This volatile chemical production complex was built in a remote valley near Cedar City in 1989, following a devastating explosion of the company's plant in Henderson, Nevada in 1988. It is owned by American Pacific Corporation (Ampac), a company based in Las...

Antelope Island is the largest of the 17 islands (the number can vary, depending on the level of the lake at the time of counting), in the Great Salt Lake, and has been artificially connected to the mainland since 1952, when a causeway was built off the...

This isolated incinerator, visible from the rest area on the eastbound side of the Interstate, burns around 50,000 tons of solvents, paints, old chemicals, contaminated soils, and PCBs every year, which come by truck and rail to the facility from all over the...

Associated Food Stores is a local grocery distribution coop, serving 600 independent grocery stores in eight western states. It operates three large warehouses, including this one in Farr West, Utah, which is one of the largest food distribution centers...

This canal, called the Behrens Trench, was built in 1991 by the Great Salt Lake Minerals and Chemicals Company, which operated the salt and potash plant on...

This active mine is the likely the second biggest open pit copper mine in the world, slightly smaller than the Chuquicamata pit in Chile. Digging started in...

The beach at Black Rock, on the southern end of the Great Salt Lake, was a popular spot from as early as the 1850s. Over the years, numerous resorts were built along this stretch of coast, from Lake Point to Saltair. Fluctuating lake levels, fires, bad odors...

A natural, spring-fed lake, a few hundred feet across. The water stays at a comfortable 75 degrees year round. Scuba divers come from as far away as Ogden to do their “open water” check-out dives here. The pool is 60 feet deep in places, and there are...

Numerous land speed records have been achieved at Bonneville, on the vast and flat natural pavement of salt: the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barrier were all broken here over the years. The Blue Flame, a rocket-powered four-wheeled vehicle...

Several natural spring-fed pools have been altered to better accommodate scuba divers at this unusual commercial establishment in the desert. Some of the pools have been stocked with tropical fish, and the main pool is covered with a canopy and an enclosed...

This large industrial plant in the remote Sevier Desert of western Utah is one of the only sources of concentrated beryllium in the world. The plant is a mill and finishing facility for beryllium, a high-strength, lightweight metal used in military, aerospace...

This is the headquarters and a logistics yard for C. R. England Transportation, a major trucking company that has the largest fleet of refrigerated trucks in the country. Reefer trucks like these hold the national cold chain together, linking packing house,...

This was the site of $125 million hazardous waste incinerator built by USPCI, a division of Union Pacific railroad, in 1995, and one of the largest in the USA. It was closed and sold and partially disassembled around 2003. Designed to burn up to 130,000 tons...

This network of mounds, 80 miles west of Salt Lake City, is one of the major locations for the disposal of radioactively contaminated structures, equipment, and debris from across the United States. It was originally established as a repository for buildings...

The Compass Minerals Company has a pipeline that removes water from the Great Salt Lake’s remote and salty northern arm, and pumps it into evaporation ponds...

A canal system, including the unique, subaqueous Behrens Trench, brings brine from Clyman Bay, on the other side of the Great Salt Lake, as well as from the...

In 1954, a dust-filled movie called "The Conqueror", starring John Wayne as Genghis Kahn, was shot in this valley, on ground that had been recently subjected to fallout from a series of nuclear tests at the nearby Nevada Test Site (especially dirty at this...

This new disposal cell, on the north side of Interstate 70 in eastern Utah, is for uranium mill tailings and debris from a mill site in Moab, Utah, 30 miles south. Contaminated material started arriving in 2009 on a specially constructed railway, at the rate...

The entire town of Delle is for sale: cafe, gas station, motel, garage, junk yard, RV park, landing strip and 630 acres of land. Asking price is around one million dollars. It provides the only services on the Interstate between Tooele and Wendover, nearly...

The ill-fated Donner-Reed party of immigrants passed through the Grantsville area in 1846. They abandoned many of their possessions as they struggled to cross the nearby salt flats, and some of these objects are displayed in this museum. A month behind...

The nation's primary chemical and biological weapons testing and training site, Dugway Proving Ground is a unique defense site that combines the microscopic world of its chemical and biological laboratories with large-scale testing and training. The land...

The new community of Daybreak, built on reclaimed Kennecott Copper Land, between Salt Lake City and the new NSA Data Center in Bluffdale, has a few data centers, including the Topaz Data Center, a major operational hub for eBay.

Monument at the intersection of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. The only place where four states meet at one point, making it possible for people to...

An abandoned military launch site, consisting of a weathered bunker and a launch pad. Located in Utah's West Desert, adjacent to the unrelated Grassy Mountain Hazardous Waste dump. The site of the first successful test of the supersonic Ground to Air...

A few large steel plants in the West were built during World War II, to supply steel to shipyards and other wartime construction. Geneva Steel in Utah is one example. The plant was built with federal funds in 1944, on the shores of Utah Lake, near Provo. It...

One of the largest collections of microfilmed records is inside the Granite Mountain Records Vault, the principal storage facility for the genealogical research programs of the...

Located in Bluffdale, Utah, near the NSA’s massive data center, the Granite Point 1 data center is one of three originally operated by the C7 Company in the...

This 640-acre (one square mile) site for hazardous and toxic materials opened in 1982 and employs about 100 people. Laidlaw operated this facility for years, and it served as a dump site for the toxic ash from Laidlaw's incinerator, 15 miles away at Clive,...