Wendover, Utah

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Wendover is a city in Tooele County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,537 at the 2000 census, with a 2006 estimated population of 1,632.[3]

Wendover is on the western border of Utah, and is contiguous with West Wendover, Nevada. Interstate 80 runs just north of both cities, while Business Interstate 80 (Wendover Boulevard) links the two cities.

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History

The town was established in 1908 as a station stop on the Western Pacific Railroad, then under construction.[4] From 1917 to 1939, a Western Pacific subsidiary known as the Deep Creek Railroad also operated into Wendover. The Western Pacific became part of the larger Union Pacific Railroad in 1983.

During World War II, the nearby Wendover Army Air Field was a training base for bomber pilots, including the crew of the Enola Gay.

Recently the Utah Department of Transportation completed an interchange at Aria Boulevard on Interstate 80.[2] Investment is also underway to restore the Wendover Airfield [5] which is currently managed by Tooele County. Meanwhile, lodging has increased along Wendover Boulevard in recent years.[6]

Tooele County School District has completed Anna Smith Elementary School which serves the Wendover area.[7] Wendover City and Tooele County recently built a joint complex for municipal and county functions.

Movements to unite Wendover with West Wendover, which is located across the border in Nevada and allows gambling operations, have taken place but require the approval of the United States Congress. The House of Representatives passed a resolution permitting Wendover to leave Utah and join Nevada in 2002, but the bill was blocked in the Senate and did not become law.[8]

Geography

Wendover is located at 40°44′8″N 114°1′59″W / 40.73556°N 114.03306°W / 40.73556; -114.03306 (40.735492, -114.032957).[9]

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