City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

June 14, 2017

June 12th

Filed under: Weather — canopus56 @ 4:48 pm

High Wind

4:00 p.m. The jet stream has broken the late spring heat wave, and as the forces of heat and cold attempt to equalize, high winds again whip through the canyon. Trees wave back and forth violently. In the city, trucks overturn, tree limbs crack and fall onto houses. Winds over sixty miles an hour are recorded.

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In Thoreau’s “Journal” on June 12th, 1851, he records summer plants including golden senecio, marsh speedwell, foreget-me-nots, blue flag, blue-eyed grass, red sorrel, and lupines. He sees a flock of swallows. On June 12, 1853, he hears a wood-thrush, disturbs a partridge with brood, examines a hawk’s nest, and sees rattlesnake plantain and wild moss rose. On June 12, 1854, notes that red clover is blooming. He sees a kingfisher. On June 12, 1855, he sees redwings and examines a vireo nest. On June 12, 1859, he records red sorrel.

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On June 12th, 2003, the Salt Lake Fire Department tested the water in lower City Creek Canyon after the creek turned green (Deseret News). A water testing chemical, florazine, was the suspected pollutant. On June 12th, 1915, the City Commission noticed contracts to construct the 5,000,000 gallon reservoir at Pleasant Valley and to reenforce the old High Line Water Tank (Salt Lake Herald). On June 12th, 1912, the connection between water tanks 1 and 2 in City Creek were replaced with 12 inch iron pipe (Salt Lake Telegram). On June 12, 1883, a new marble polishing plant was being built above the old Empire Mill site (Salt Lake Herald). The marble source was located in City Creek (id).

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