SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - An employee at the Peery Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City discovered a paper bag containing 300 photo negatives from around 1904.
The hotel itself wasn't completed until 1910. The pictures give us a glimpse of what Utah looked like over 100 years ago. The photo negatives include pictures of old homes, trains, carriages, streets and families. One picture shows a man sitting at a desk with a calendar hanging on the wall behind him. The year of the calendar is 1904.
On Friday the maintenance engineer found the bag sitting on one of the building's original structure walls while he was running cable from the Peery Hotel's new restaurant down to the bottom floor.
What surprises everyone the most is the fact the bag of pictures made it through numerous hotel renovations without one person noticing it.
Some of the pictures came in a 'C.R. Savage' envelope. Charles Roscoe Savage was a British-born landscape and portrait photographer who produced images of the American West. He was also a member of the LDS Church. In the spring of 1860 he traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory with his family, where he established a photography studio.
Management plans to develop the photographs and hang them up in guest rooms and around the lobby.
Click on the video link attached to this story to check out some of the photo negatives found inside the hotel.