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We would like to provide the residents of  West Valley City  a basic history overview.


Welcome to the West Valley City Home page. The West Valley City Home page provides as much information as possible on West Valley City. Knowing West Valley City’s history is essential to guiding its future. Within West Valley City’s Home page, you will also find West Valley City’s Founders, Holiday, and Birthday sections.

West Valley City has a population of 135610. 51% of West Valley City’s inhabitants are Male, and 49 are female. 47.5% of West Valley City is married and 69.6% own their own home. The Average Home price is $240,797, and the average rent is $1,170. Household median income in West Valley City is $70,427, and the individual median income is $30,376. West Valley City’s Ethnic is the following: White(56.7%), Hispanic(40%), Other(25.7%), Multiple(5.4%), Asian(5%), Pacific(3.6%), Black(2.7%), Native(0.9%).


The earliest known residents of the western Salt Lake Valley were Native American bands of the Ute and Shoshoni tribes. The first European people to live in the area were the Latter-day Saints. The Euro-Americans arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The area was first staked out by settler Joseph Harker and his family in the area they named as "over Jordan" (referring to the land west of the Jordan River, which runs through the valley). The Granger area was settled by Welsh pioneers who had come to Utah with Dan Jones in 1849.


Irrigation systems and agriculture were developed in the area, and it was Elias Smith who proposed the area's name on account of its successful farming. Granger and vicinity had about 1,000 people in 1930.Hunter was not settled until 1876. This settlement was started by Rasmus Nielson, Edward Rushton, August Larsen and about seven others along with their families.


Irrigation began in 1881 and the main crop was fruit trees.The city began to experience rapid growth in the 1970s, when the area that is now West Valley City consisted of the four separate communities of Hunter, Granger, Chesterfield, and Redwood. These four unincorporated areas merged in 1980 to form the present-day city.


During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, West Valley City was the official venue for men's and women's ice hockey. On May 19, 2011, the city unveiled an official plan to create a downtown area for the city over the course of 10 years, building on plans and development that already existed. It will be known as Fairbourne Station (named after Joseph Fairbourne, an early settler who operated a weigh station in the area in the late 19th century) and will consist of approximately 40 acres (16 ha), costing $500 million to build.


The center will include a civic center (consisting of city hall, a courthouse, police headquarters, and a library), an eight-story Embassy Suites hotel, a plaza, and residential development, as well as the end of the TRAX Green Line, and a stop on the 3500 South MAX bus rapid transit line. Valley Fair Mall and the Maverik Center are located nearby, as is I-215.


As of 2016 of the development is incomplete, with the TRAX line having opened in 2011 and the hotel in 2012, but the City Hall and government center are under construction.Serial killer Ted Bundy was arrested in Granger on August 16, 1975, on a routine traffic stop.


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