Morgan County, Utah

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Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of 2000 the population was 7,129, and by 2005 had been estimated at 7,906. It was named for Jedediah Morgan Grant, father of Heber J. Grant, who served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its county seat and largest city is Morgan.[1]

Morgan County is part of the OgdenClearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Clearfield Combined Statistical Area.

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History

An early route of the Hastings Cutoff ran through the Morgan Valley and down through a narrow gorge in Weber Canyon. The Donner Party avoided going through the Morgan Valley in order to speed up their journey. However, their alternate route proved more time-consuming.

In 1855, Charles Shreeve Peterson and his family became the first white settlers to take up permanent residence in the Morgan Valley after cutting a road through Weber Canyon.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 square miles (1,582 km²), of which 609 square miles (1,578 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.27%) is water.

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