Ogden, Utah

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Ogden is a city in Weber County,[3] Utah, United States. Ogden serves as the county seat of Weber County. The population was 83,292 according to 2009 Census Bureau estimates.[4] The city served as a major railway hub through much of its history,[5] and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is also known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, and as the home of Weber State University.

Ogden is a principal city of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Weber, Morgan, and Davis counties. A 2009 estimate by the U.S Census Bureau placed the Metro population at 541,569.[6] In 2010 Forbes rated Ogden the 6th best place to raise a family.[7]

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History

Originally named Fort Buenaventura, the city of Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah. It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846 about a mile west of where downtown Ogden is currently located. In November 1847, Fort Buenaventura was purchased by the Mormon settlers for $1,950. The settlement was then called Brownsville, but was later named Ogden for a brigade leader of the Hudson's Bay Company, Peter Skene Ogden, who had trapped in the Weber Valley a generation earlier. The site of the original Fort Buenaventura is now a Weber County park.

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