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History of Salt Lake County, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Area: 764 square miles; population: 725,956 (1990); county seat: Salt Lake City (also the state capital); origin of county name: from the Great Salt Lake; principal cities/towns: Salt Lake City (159,936), West Valley City (86,976), Sandy (75,058), West Jordan (42,892), Murray (31,282), Kearns (17,000), Midvale (11,886); economy: wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, services, transportation and communications, finance, mining, construction, tourism, agriculture; points of interest: State Capitol building, Temple Square, Beehive House, Pioneer Trail State Park, Utah Museum of Natural History, Fort Douglas, Hogle Zoo, Liberty Park, *Delta Center, Salt Palace Complex, Great Salt Lake, Wheeler Historic Farm, Bingham copper mine, LDS Church Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake Art Center, Utah State Historical Society, ski resorts at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude.

The fertile Salt Lake Valley lies between the Wasatch Mountains on the east and the Oquirrhs on the west. The active Wasatch Fault runs through the eastern part of the county. The Jordan River flows north through the valley to Great Salt Lake, and canyon streams provide culinary and agricultural water and in pioneer times powered mills.

Centuries before white settlement of the area, prehistoric Indian groups and the historic Northern Shoshone and Ute Indians used the area for hunting, fishing, and gathering seasonal foods. The first white men known to see the valley were trappers associated with William H. Ashley in 1824-25.

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