What Mormon city was called desert?
Salt lake city
The Mormon Trail ended in Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally, there was nothing at the end but an empty desert valley and a really stinky salty lake, but the pioneers began building a city, so that by the time people stopped traveling the Mormon trail (due to the railroad coming), there was a big thriving city at the end of thet trail.
Well, dessert is something you eat. A desert is a hot, dry place. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) founded hundreds of cities in the desert areas of the Western US and Mexico. Some of the more well known cities are San Bernardino, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
I would definitely not call Cedar City the first non-Mormon town in Utah. Cedar City was established by Mormons in 1851 and has had a Mormon majority population ever since.Several other towns in Utah were "non-Mormon" towns, such as Ogden (established by fur trappers a year before the Mormons arrived) and Park City (originally settled by Mormons but became a mostly non-Mormon mining town in the 1860's).
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) does not release membership statistics for cities, only for states. So we don't know exact the Mormon population of Salt Lake City in 2004, but it was probably around 30-40%. The city itself has quite a low Mormon population compared to the rest of the state.
The Mormon Trail was traveled by Mormon Pioneers from Illinois to Utah after they had been kicked out of Illinois. It was then traveled by Mormon converts from Europe and Canada as they immigrated to "Zion" (the Mormon settlements in Utah). The trail was mostly discontinued after the railroad reached Salt Lake City.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) began to settle the St. George area shortly after their arrival in Utah in the late 1840's. They were sent to set up a silk and cotton farming community in the warm desert climate. Brigham Young soon built a winter home here, and the oldest continuously operating temple in the church was dedicated in this city as well. The population…
The headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) is in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has been located there since 1847, when a large group of Mormons traveled there seeking religious freedom. Today, about 1/10 (1.8 million out of 13.8 million) of the total Mormon Church membership lives in Utah.
Mormons established hundreds of towns, most of which were encompassed in a proposed US Territory called Deseret. Most of these cities and towns still exist today and comprise the majority of the cities and towns in what is now Utah, southern Idaho, northern Arizona, eastern Nevada, and southwestern Wyoming. Other Mormon-founded cities can be found in California, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Mexico, and Canada.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" Church) only releases membership statistics by state. To determine the approximate number of Church members in a certain city you could see how many congregations are in that city. If you'd like more specific numbers, you will have to contact local leaders for each city or region. They occassionally provide local statistics to newsmedia and others who need the information. Of the 6,500,000…