Orange J. Salisbury letter

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907)

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Orange J. Salisbury letter (MSS 4032). The letter is from Salisbury (writing from Salt Lake City) to T. H. Latimer of Bay House, Idaho. The letter talks of milling ore, use of sluice boxes, tight money and putting off payday, possibly hiring Italian miners, and other topics. The letter is five pages in length, and was written on letterhead of Grant, Redman & Christie of Salt Lake City. Salisbury’s obituary is also included.

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907) was an important western stagecoach/freighting operator, mining developer, banker and hotel owner based in Salt Lake city. Born on July 28, 1845 in Bronx, New York, he married Margaret Blaine Walker (year unknown) and they had at least three children. Salisbury came to Utah in 1868 and founded Gilmer & Salisbury, which became one of the larger western stage operations, covering seven states or territories.  He passed away on June 18, 1907 and is buried in Salt Lake City’s Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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