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Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County was named for the Great Salt Lake.
Its county seat and largest city is Salt Lake City. It occupies a valley, Salt Lake Valley, as well as parts of the surrounding mountains, the Oquirrh Mountains to the west and the Wasatch Range to the east. In addition, the Great Salt Lake is partially within the northwestern section of the county. 

The area that was to become Salt Lake County was settled in 1847 when Mormon Pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fleeing persecution in the East, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley after traveling through Emigration Canyon. Brigham Young, their leader, declared "This is the right place" after seeing the valley, which was at the time arid, dry, and unpromising. However, they soon developed a flourishing, self-sufficient city, Great Salt Lake City, through extensive irrigation techniques. Thousands of Mormons from around the world followed in the next several decades. The county was officially formed on January 31, 1850, with just over 11,000 residents recorded. Settlements were scattered across the valley and beyond, and the territorial capital was moved to Great Salt Lake City in 1857, when the name was subsequently shortened to Salt Lake City. 

    Fifteen cities and one town (Alta) have been established in the county:

Alta, incorporated in 1970
Bluffdale, incorporated in 1970s
Cottonwood Heights, incorporated in 2005
Draper, incorporated in 1978
Herriman, incorporated in 1999
Holladay, incorporated in 1999
Midvale, incorporated in 1900s
Murray, incorporated in 1902
Riverton, incorporated in 1946
Salt Lake City, incorporated in 1851
Sandy, incorporated in 1893
South Jordan, incorporated in 1935
South Salt Lake, incorporated in 1938
Taylorsville, incorporated in 1996
West Jordan, incorporated in 1941
West Valley City, incorporated in 1980

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Website Updates:

May 2018

"Plead Guilty"

Salt Lake County, "Sick List" Page Added

March 2018

"Hope to Asphyxiate Him"

Feb. 2018

Biography of Eurethe K. La Barthe

Obituary of Dorothy Gill

Jan. 2018

O. P. McDowell Obituary



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