Salt Late City Law History
Salt Lake City looks like a very large well-organised city, there are
fair house allotments and they were quite large. The city is a good
strong planned community with lots of residential areas. The way the
city is set out it is obvious that a strong leader who knew what he
wanted has planned the city and shows through the city that it is very
disciplined. There may have been school their as well which would have
proven what a well-organised city this is. There are a few large
churches, which tells us that this city is prosperous and religious.
In early mining towns there were many problems within the community,
this was mainly caused by a group called “the roughs” this group was
the cause for lots of thefts and murders. The law-abiding miners of
these towns were not a community and were just trying to protect
themselves instead of working with each other in the community. This
meant the “good people” were not organised and not really a community
just a load of individuals in a town. This made this easier for “the
roughs” to target people and steal from them or worse murder them.
“The Roughs” also had a leader in Henry Plummer who organised the
roughs and also, because the government was too far away, got elected
sheriff. There were reasons for the crime wave though as everybody had
a rifle so this made conflicts escalate into murders. There was also
the gold fever in which everybody wanted gold and there was a lot to
be mined and people who had found a spot rich in gold he often got
murdered for it. The good people also did not know each other as the
people in these towns were from all over the world, and just coming
for the gold. This meant that they did not trust each other, which
didn’t help with all the crime going on.
Apart from law and order there were many other problems in mining
towns. The majority of the population were males and built their own
cabins, this meant they were probably not very good or safe. Also they
did there own cooking, which probably wasn’t the best diet and
probably got food poisoning often. There was an epidemic of typhoid in
fall and early winter but there were no deaths, which show there were
healthy and strong. The houses had no drains and most houses were
badly kept so the houses were most likely dirty.
The problems of law and order in early western towns can be studied
using the sources these show lots of lawlessness in towns and
murdering. One source shows a bank robbery, this is proof that the
towns did not have any policing. The source shows also that a few
vigilantes on the scene, further proof that the towns were lawless.
Vigilantes were present because of the lack of law that there was in
the towns. They felt it necessary that law had to be imposed on the
town other wise it could fall apart.