Apparently, the publishers are issuing this as an adult book, but the text reads as if intended for young people. The author's grandfather pioneered to Salt Lake City with Brigham Young, and this is the history of Salt Lake City. Early days, prefaced by a description of the land, its natural resources, the first treasure seekers -- Cardenas after gold, others after fur, seekers of new trade routes, etc. Bridger discovers the Great Salt Lake in 1825, and in 1847 Brigham Young carries out the dream of Joseph Smith and founds the New Zion. Then follows the history of the beginnings of Salt Lake City, the growing trouble with Indians, and the Utah wars. There is a good deal about the early persecutions of the Mormons; comparatively little about the government and its peculiar form of persecution. Credit is given the Mormons for creating prosperity out of a desert, and laying the foundations of a state. Unfortunately, the style is somewhat pedantic, occasionally patronizing.