For over a hundred years, the Murray Smoke Stacks stood in the center of Salt Lake Valley and were a landmark for all. Their smoke was the Valley's weather vane as well as a visual barometer of the business climate. No smoke meant men were not working, and so no pay checks. Smoke pouring forth meant just the opposite, that all was well with the man and their families.
The stacks symbolized the smelter, which was one of the two roots from whence Murray City was born; the other, closley abutting the smelter, were miles upon miles of lush farms and busy dairies.
This is a classic tale of when industry and agriculture collide and then combine. It is a story of "Two Cities" and how they joined to become our City of Murray, Utah.
Ethel Ohlin Bradford, writer and Women’s Editor for The Murray Eagle aka The Green Sheet Newspapers, and author of the column Out My Window. Earned numerous Local, State and National Awards for her work. Author, in 2008 of the book The Sunset of the Farmer, with the art work on the cover and throughout the book by Beverly Wheeler Mastrim. Since then she has published books Our Road, Murray A Tale of Two Cities, Keeping Warm, and Life's Extra Innings.
Our Road II Published March 17, 2014
A Machine Named Ethel Published August 26, 2011
Our Road Published August 17, 2011
Keeping Warm Published May 12, 2011
Life's EXTRA INNINGS Published July 06, 2010