Before settlers the Shoshone Native Americans occupied what is now Davis County.The fertile soil, streams, & mountains attracted the early LDS pioneers, who settles in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. They established schools, churches, & productive farms & shops in close knitcommunities. Davis County was officially made a county in 1852, named by one of its early settlers, Daniel C. Davis. The county includes a portion of the Great Salt Lake that inclues what is now Antelope Island State Park.
In 1870 the Utah Central Railroad(now Union Pacific) was built going from ogden to SLC passing Davis County, bringing in manufactures products. At this piont the county transitioned to mechanized agriculture, banking, & local businesses, with improved roads, water systems & electrified homes & businesses. In the automobile & interurban railways, many people in davis county would go to Ogden or SLC to look for work. In WWII they established Hill Air Force Base in Davis County. This created a surge of employment & quickly became, and still is the states largest employers.
In 1940, when the population was barely at 16,000 residents, the county had increaed to a population of 147,000 in 40 years, doubling in population almost every decade. Davis county is projected to have 390,000 residents by 2030. With such a growth in population the county went from mostly the LDS settlers, to a wide range of ethnic, cultural & religious backgrounds.
Today there are many national commicial, industrial, recreational & service companies providing employment for northern Utah. The freeport center, located in Davis County, is the largest distribution center in Utah. With over 12 million feet of covered/open storage, occuped by over 70 renowned companies, they employ over 7,000 people.
Morgan County was claimed in 1862, and named after the LDS leader, Jedediah Morgan Grant. It has 2 dams & 13 creeks off the Weber River. A lot of the acerage is used for Faming still, but many have other jobs on top of their farms. Much of the land is being sold for residencial developement. Morgan is close to ski resorts, lakes for boating, and many other outdoor activities.
Besides Native Americans, before 1826 3-4 hundred trappers had a redezvous on the Weber River in what is now Morgan County. After that they split into groups and left the valley. Thomas Thurston of Centerville took 2 friends to camp there to explore it. In 1855 he finally pursuaded a group of friends and family, including Charles S Peterson and Roswell Stevens, to attempt making an entry route through the canyon. Their compnay was strengthened when Jededia Morgan Grant sent 3 men with teams to help.
Peterson & Stevens settled into what was known as Peterson. Thurston chose to settle in Littleton. Soon 15 new settlements were formed nearby into what is now Weber County. In 1860 the Pony Express was estavlished, passing through morgan. in 1869 the Union Pacific railroad was built through Morgan, really putting Morgan on the map. This helped establish better roads and it eventually became known as the 'Gateway to the West.' In 1880 the first medical college in Utah was established in Morgan. Morgan also founded the first consolidated school system in the state in 1936.
The first people known to live in Salt Lake County were the Freemont Indians, followed by the shoshone During the Depression the county provided relief for over 11,500 people. Through WWII they served the residents by providing funds for a recreation center for minor military personnell, and a daycare for women working in defense military. There was also mining During the 19th century, but most of the mines are closed now. In 1939 the Alta ski area opened, and in 1965 the plantarium was opened. tribes. The next people following the Native Americans were the Mountain Man, or trappers. William H Ashley was one of the main trappers in the Salt LakeCounty area. The Mormon settlers came in 1847 to establish a religious settlement. Brigham Young lead the Mormon's to explore the surrounding areas, building a fort, and surveying Salt Lake City. The first school was opened in 1847 by Mary Jane Dilworth in her tent. It became a county in 1850, with over 11,000 residents. In 1862 the US troops established Fort Douglas to protect overland communications and to watch the Mormons. Tens of thoughsands of Mormon immigrants passed through Salt Lake City and outside settlements. This was the last major suply point for California-bound travlers.
During the Depression the county provided relief for over 11,500 people. Through WWII they served the residents by providing funds for a recreation center for minor military personnell, and a daycare for women working in defense military. There was also mining During the 19th century, but most of the mines are closed now. In 1939 the Alta ski area opened, and in 1965 the plantarium was opened.
Salt Lake County has always been the center of Utah's population and political & economic power. In 2002 the Winter Olympics were held there. The state capital is in Salt Lake County, along with Temple Square, many ski resorts, Pioneer Trail National Park, the Hogle Zoo, University of Utah, Salt Lake Art Center, & the SLC airport. They have a handful of malls in the county, including the new City Creek Mall.
Although home to Native Americans for many centuries, from approximately 1825 to 1847, various trappers and mountain men spent time in the valley, but the first permanent settlerswere Mormon pioneers sent south from the Salt Lake Valley by their leader, Brigham Young, in 1849.
The Provo River was named from the mountain man, Etienne Provost, and Provo was named after the river. Many of the other communities were officially founded the following year,1850, including Alpine, American Fork, Lehi, Pleasant Grove, Payson andSpringville. The same date it officially became a county in January 1850, a road eight rods wide was set aside, running from Ogden on the north, past the 'Temple Block' in Salt Lake City and culminating in Provo. It was to be called State Road and it became a major thoroughfare for commerce and migration of early settlers from the Salt Lake City gathering point to outlying areas, especially to Utah County. Much of the old road exists today as State Street which runs through several communities.
From 1857 to 1858, a large contingent of federal troops moved into the Salt Lake City area. It was a move detested by the predominantly Mormon population and some 30,000 locals streamed south to Utah County to get away from the influence of the troops. Alas, troops also moved into Utah County and founded Camp Floyd in the area now known as Cedar Fort. There was some unpleasantness between the troops and residents but the last of the troops finally left in 1861. When the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, it only took four more years until a line was extended to Provo and then later south and east to give rail connections throughout the Intermountain West.
The Provo area is known worldwide as the home of Brigham Young University. Brigham Young issued a deed of trust to establish Brigham Young Academy on October 16,1875. The fledgling institution went through some rough years and nearly folded on occasion before officially becoming Brigham Young University on October 23, 1903. From humble beginnings with sometimes only a handful of students, it is now a major university with some 30,000 students.
The County population grew slowly and steadily through the years of World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. The official census counted 23,768 citizens in 1890 and that number grew to only 49,021 in 1940. Today, the county has 516,564* residents. For many years, Geneva Steel was one of the few major employers outside of agriculture, government and schools. Geneva was built during World War II to provide steel for the war effort. But starting in the 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the valley became one of the entrepreneurial hot spots of the nation and, in particular, has become a Mecca for high-tech, computer-related companies.
Now, Utah County boasts a young, healthy, well-educated population, low crime rate, and a solid economy.
Weber County was named by early trapper John Weber. The spine of the Wasatch Mountains defines the East sides of the county, and it goes all the way out to the Great Salt Lake. The mountains & flat lands are laced with rivers. The largest city is Ogden, named after the trapper Peter Skene Ogden.
The Shoshone & Ute Native Americans were the main tribes living in the area, and then in the 1800's mountain men entered the area. The mountain men trapped beavers and traded with the Native Americans. The first permiment settlement was in 1843 when Miles Goodyear, a horse trainer/trapper, built a fort and trading post near where the Weber & Ogden rivers meet. This fort was called Fort Buenaventura. He then sold the fort to James Brown for $1,950 in gold coins, and then it was known as Brown's Fort, or Brownsville. In 3 years there was 1,141 residence & the name was changed to Ogden & the county was designated.
When the Transcontinental Railroad in Ogden, also known as Junction City, was completed in 1869 the population accelerated and many industries were established. It again had a growth spike around WWII when Defense Depot Ogden and Hill Air Force Base was built, who continue to employ many residence in the county. The was also put an increase in demand on the railroad tranportation, having a lot of trains passing through Union Station in 1944.
Now, Weber County has Weber State University, who has over 18,000 students yearly. They also have an IRS Service Center, Mckay-Dee Hospital, a dinosaur park, lakes and mountains for boating, skiing, and snowboarding. Union Station is now a museum for firearms, cars, railroads, & more.