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Long ago, this very place was “a riff-raff assemblage of cowboys, tin-horners, higher-toned gamblers, and the rag-tag and bobtail element.” According to the Salt Lake Herald, this building at 231 South on what was then known as Franklin Avenue, was originally built around 1891 for the short-lived Franklin Avenue Variety Theatre. The theatre was more famous for the secret door on the third floor above the stage than any performance. The door led to an adjoining saloon and small “wine rooms” where men and women enjoyed themselves and were waited by illegal liquor dispensers, as reported in the Deseret Weekly. Franklin was considered a tenderloin district as were the other mid-block alleys such as Commercial Street and Plum Alley. At the time, the newspapers sometimes referred to the street as “Darktown” as it was one of the only places African Americans were welcome.

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231 South Edison Street
Salt Lake City, UT


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