The Utah Homefront During World War II

During the 1940s, thousands of Utahans left to fight in the largest war the United States had ever been involved in. While those back home didn’t see combat directly, they did what they could to support the war effort. Providing labor at manufacturing facilities, contributing salvage materials, and spreading wartime communications were all important roles of Utahans at home. This tour includes several of the significant sites where Utah’s homefront showed their support for the U.S. Military and Allied Forces, no matter how far they were from the front lines.

Manti Parachute Plant

Between the years 1940-1944, the percentage of Utah’s workforce made up of women more than doubled—but where did all those women find employment? Many inhabitants of Sanpete county and surrounding areas worked at the Manti parachute plant, which…

United States Geneva Works

Heading South on Interstate 15 towards Orem, UT, it’s hard to miss the massive, industrial-themed Harley-Davidson dealership, situated just across the street from where the colossal Geneva Steel Plant once stood. Much of the exterior material used…

Women at Geneva Steel

Geneva Steel was a wartime steel plant built for World War II that continued operation until 2002. After more than doubling the population of Orem in the 1940s, Geneva remained an important part of Utah Valley’s silhouette for decades. It replaced…

Bushnell Military Hospital

World War II took the lives of approximately 3% of the entire world’s population in the 1940s—so it’s no surprise that life-saving efforts became a top priority at the time. Military hospitals were built throughout the war front as well as the…

The Utah Minute Women

In a world that had begun to globalize and where many resources were traded internationally, World War II wreaked havoc on market stability. Materials such as steel, rubber, nylon, and silk were suddenly made scarce across the United States in the…