Other pioneers: Members of various faiths made their way to set root in the Salt Lake Valley

As one of the largest parades in the nation winds its way through downtown streets this morning, thousands of Utahns from various faiths will note the tribute to Mormon pioneers, despite the fact that their own religious heritage here is not tied to covered wagons or handcarts.

The annual Days of '47 celebration has always been focused on the memory of hardy Latter-day Saints, who trudged across the Great Plains in the mid-19th century, seeking freedom from religious persecution and a land to call their own.

But their quest to find relative isolation in the valley of the Great Salt Lake lasted only a few years, as military outposts, the lure of mining and eventually, the railroad, brought newcomers whose religious beliefs differed widely from those of the Mormon majority.

More than 150 years after Brigham Young's declaration that "This is the right place," when looking over the Salt Lake Valley, Utah's political, social and educational landscape has beenshaped by a variety of religious leaders and faith communities whose roots grew in the same soil as the Latter-day Saints.

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