Willard, Utah

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Willard is a city in Box Elder County, Utah, United States. The population was 1,630 at the 2000 census.



Willard is located at 41°24′43″N 112°2′23″W / 41.41194°N 112.03972°W / 41.41194; -112.03972 (41.412070, -112.039732).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.7 km²), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (21.19%) is water.

Founding history

In 1851, several companies of Mormon settlers were sent north from Salt Lake City to a freshwater bay of the Great Salt Lake, now Willard Bay. A company of nineteen located on North Willow Creek, seven miles south of the site where Brigham City would be established. Two years later, the infant community relocated two miles further south and a fort wall was built due to the possibility of Indian attacks. Willard's first settlers were mostly of Welsh, English, Scottish and Dutch descent. Most were farmers, but some were merchants, carpenters, blacksmiths and school teachers. Historically, the economy of Willard centered around agriculture, with fruit crops being the major product. Gravel excavation and worked stone have also been a significant source of income.

Henry G. Sherwood surveyed North Willow Creek in 1851 and the community was renamed Willard in honor of Willard Richards, a recently-deceased Apostle of the LDS church and counselor to Brigham Young, in 1859. Willard received her charter as a city in 1870.[1]

Gifted stone mason Shadrack Jones took advantage of local rock cliffs and the alluvial fan exposed as ancient Lake Bonneville receded. Between 1862 and 1883, he mined the local stone and built single family homes. Over thirty still stand and many are on the National Register of Historic Places. Other early structures included a brick yard, the first grist mill in Box Elder County, and a number of molasses mills.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,630 people, 517 households, and 427 families residing in the city. The population density was 286.5 people per square mile (110.6/km²). There were 539 housing units at an average density of 94.8/sq mi (36.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.26% White, 0.12% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 1.29% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.11% of the population.

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