The Governor's mansion in Salt
Lake City, Utah was built by Thomas Kearns in 1902, at a cost of
$350,000 and then filled with magnificent furnishings and decorative
arts costing more than the house itself. It has become one of the
most spectacular showcases in the state and has a rich history that
began long before that. Thomas Kearns was born a Canadian, although
his family would move to Nebraska when he was still a youngster.
When he became 17, he decided to leave the family's homestead and
head west to make his fortune. He came to Park City in 1883, and
began working in a mine as a mucker, the lowest paid job in a mine,
but by the time he was done he was the owner and a millionaire.
Thomas would marry Jennie Judge and go on to become a successful and
influential businessman in the city of Salt Lake, as well as a
partner in the Salt Lake Tribune and later, a US senator.