David Eccles was born into an impoverished Scottish family and rose to become one of America’s leading industrialists.
In his 63 years, he founded 54 businesses throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon, traveling more than an estimated 44,000 miles to do so.
At the time of his death, he was president of 17 corporations and seven banks and served as acting director of 24 businesses in various industries. On Dec. 5, 1912, the day David Eccles passed away, flags across five Western states flew at half-staff. On the day of his funeral, factories, railroads, and coal mines halted operations to pay respect to the man who had created thousands of jobs in virtually every sector of the economy.
That was the far-reaching effect that this pioneering entrepreneur had on what was at the time the Wild, Wild West.