West Valley City, Utah

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West Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 108,896 at the 2000 census, and 123,447 by the 2008 estimates.[3] making it the second-largest city in Utah. Prior to its incorporation as a city, it was commonly known by the communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood.

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History

Joseph Harker and his family were the first Mormon pioneers to go "over Jordan." The area was largely agricultural for over one hundred years.

The Granger area was originally settled by Welsh Latter-day Saints who had come to Utah with Dan Jones in 1849. Once irrigation systems were put in place farming worked in the area and it was Elias Smith who proposed the area's name on account of its successful farming. At other times high alkali content made farming difficult, but there were enough Latter-day Saints to form a separate Granger Ward in 1884. Granger and vicinity had about 1000 people in 1930.[4]

Hunter was not settled until 1876. This settlement was started by Rasmus Nielsen, Edward Rushton, August Larsen and about seven others along with their families. Irrigation began in 1881 and the main crop was fruit trees.[5] The city began to experience rapid growth in the 1970s, when the area that is now West Valley City consisted of the four separate communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood. These four unincorporated areas merged in 1980 to form the present-day city. During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, West Valley City was the official venue for men's and women's ice hockey.

Ted Bundy's arrest in Granger on August 16, 1975 led to his exposure as a serial killer.

Geography

West Valley City is located at 40°41′21″N 111°59′38″W / 40.68917°N 111.99389°W / 40.68917; -111.99389 (40.689181, -111.993867).[6]

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