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Morgan County

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Morgan County is located in the northern part of Utah. It is bordered by Summit and Wasatch Counties to the north, Weber County to the east, Salt Lake County to the south, and Tooele County to the west. Morgan County is home to a population of approximately 9,600 people and covers an area of 441 square miles.

The county seat is in Morgan City, originally settled in 1859 and then part of Weber County. In 1862 the county was officially formed and named after Jedediah Morgan Grant, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Morgan County has some amazing natural beauty including mountain peaks, pine forests, and lush grasslands. The area is also known for its numerous small towns and villages that are filled with historical charm.

History

Discover the rich history and abundant opportunities in Morgan County, Utah. Established in 1862, this county played a significant role in the peaceful settlement of the Utah War.

Boasting the highest amount of privately owned land in the state, Morgan County thrives in agriculture. From raising beef and dairy cattle to cultivating hay and field crops, this county is a hub for livestock production. Additionally, the area witnessed a booming lumber industry from 1860 to 1875, providing materials for the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. This led to the growth of Morgan City as a bustling trade center.

Innovation has always been at the heart of this community. In 1904, the Morgan Canning Company was founded, producing canned peas that gained popularity across the region. With time, the company expanded, opening a second factory in Smithfield. Today, their legacy carries on, as the California Packing Corporation acquired the business in 1935.

One of the country's major industries is manufacturing Portland cement, an essential product in various construction projects. The Devil's Slide plant has been producing this cement for over eighty years, contributing to the growth and development of the area. While Morgan County has natural resources like limestone, silver, lead, copper, coal, iron, sulfur, and mica, mining remains relatively small-scale.

As the economy evolves, many residents have sought employment opportunities outside of the county. With easy access to the greater Ogden area, Morgan County offers a balance of rural charm and vibrant economic opportunities.

Geography

Morgan County is located in northern Utah and encompasses 611 square miles. The county features attractive mountain peaks, pine forests, and lush grasslands that add to the stunning landscapes of this region.

The Weber River runs through the center of Morgan County, while other bodies of water include East Canyon Creek and Pineview Reservoir. Communities such as South Morgan, Peterson, Croydon, and Porterville boast some of the most picturesque views. These areas also provide access to a variety of activities such as camping, fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, snowmobiling, and more.

Places of Interest

East Canyon State Park

East Canyon State Park is one of the most popular attractions in Morgan County. The area features a scenic 3,000-acre lake surrounded by camping grounds, fishing spots, and trails for hiking or biking. The reservoir is also a great place to go for swimming, boating, or kayaking.

Lost Creek State Park

Lost Creek State Park is another popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This park boasts a variety of trails perfect for bird watching, horseback riding, mountain biking, or simply enjoying the stunning scenery. Experienced climbers can explore the challenging canyon walls while hikers enjoy exploring the breathtaking views.

Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin Resort is a popular ski destination located in Morgan County. With over 3,000 acres of terrain, this resort offers everything from beginner runs to challenging double black diamond slopes. Snowbasin also features activities such as snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.

Planning a trip to Morgan County

When planning a trip to Morgan County, there is something for everyone. This county has it all whether you are looking for outdoor activities, cultural attractions, or historical sites. From camping and fishing to skiing and snowshoeing, the possibilities are endless.
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lodging

Lodging options vary depending on the city or town you are visiting. Morgan County has a range of hotels, motels, and inns to choose from.

dining

Morgan County boasts some delicious restaurants that specialize in different cuisines such as Italian, Mexican, American, and more. Options range from casual eateries to fine dining establishments.

Seasons

Morgan County experiences all four seasons. In the summer months, temperatures range from comfortable to warm and in the winter they can get quite cold. The area is known for its beautiful fall colors and breathtaking snowscapes during the winter season.
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