Plain City, Utah

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Plain City is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,489 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OgdenClearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Lehi and Kay's Creek, looking for a new place to homestead, came to where the city is now in October 1858. The party was led onto the rich and fertile lands north and west of Ogden by Lorin Farr. The party arrived to begin homesteading 17 March 1859.[3]

One of the first things the settlers did upon arriving was to survey the town and assign lots so they could establish shelters for their families. Plain City was surveyed with Nauvoo in mind. The surveying was done at night using the North Star and 3 tall trees below the star as working guides. The measuring chain was a piece of rope they dragged through the deep snow they were wading. The original plat was 6 blocks long and 3 blocks wide north and south. Each block was 5 acres (20,000 m2) divided into 4 lots. Most settlers were allowed their choice in selection of a lot.[3]

Trucking

Plain City was the incubator for four American nationwide trucking companies. Maude Knight married Chester Rodney England in 1916. Chester R. England founded C. R. England Trucking in 1920 to haul local produce for nearby farmers. Carl Moyes was a driver for C.R. England in the 1940s, and his two sons, Jerry and Ronald, were childhood friends with Jeff England, son of Gene and grandson of Chester. Carl would leave England to found his own company with his wife, Betty, B & C Truck Leasing. Carl and Betty would latter employ the Knight cousins to drive for them. Carl and his two sons would move to Phoenix, Arizona in 1966, and found Common Market, the company would become Swift Transportation in 1969. Jeff England would found Pride Transport in 1979 in Salt Lake City. Brothers Kevin and Keith Knight and their cousins Randy and Gary Knight, who would also move to Phoenix and work for Swift, then the four cousins would found Knight Transportation in 1990.[4]

Geography

Plain City is located at 41°17′58″N 112°4′49″W / 41.29944°N 112.08028°W / 41.29944; -112.08028 (41.299492, -112.080200).[5]

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