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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair(s)

C. Blythe Ahlstrom


C. Blythe Ahlstrom


Many have called attention to the wealth of historical data buried in the decennial compilations of census reports conducted by the United States government since 1790. Many distinguished studies have been made utilizing these data . Surely a concentrated study of the reports for a limited area over a span of time will yield either new insights or verifications for established views. The purpose of this report is to provide a general summary of and analysis of the human, economic, and natural resources of Utah from 1870 to 1910, based on the data of the United States census reports.

Many problems are associated with the use of statistics and the census reports. Procedures changed from decade to decade. Census reporters interpreted their instructions differently. Wherever apparent procedural differences have been observed, they are noted.

The main purpose of this report is to describe quantitatively conditions in Utah, 1870 to 1910, as far as possible from the data selected mainly from the United States census reports. The main areas to be considered are population, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, industry, and railroads.

I would like to extend my appreciation to Professors Joel E. Ricks, J. Duncan Brite, and S. George Ellsworth, of the History faculty of Utah State University, for their assistance and encouragement in preparing this paper.

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