Ogden, Utah

The city of Ogden is situated in Utah, 40 miles away from the state's capital city, Salt Lake City. This city is attractive primarily for the people, who enjoy adventure sports and thrilling outdoor activities like fishing, horseback riding and biking. However, Ogden will also not disappoint visitors who are keener on exploring natural treasures of the city. A visit to this city will offer you the opportunity of witnessing a wide array of natural splendor, which ranges from mountains and lakes to pine forests and deserts. The place is rightly described as a paradise for fishermen, birdwatchers, hikers, campers and cyclists. 

About Ogden

Welcome to the city of Ogden, where you will be able to make just about anything happen. There are intriquing options in entertainment, education, affordable living and many other benefits the city offers its residents. The city is known for its ambient social atmosphere and its lively residents.

Ogden History

Originally the city of Ogden, Utah was called as Fort Buenaventura. Ogden was the first American territory to be inhabited by people having European origin. Fort Buenaventura was founded by the American fur trader Miles Morris Goodyear in the year 1986. The exact position of the Fort Buenaventura was around a mile to the west of the current location of downtown Ogden. The next year it was purchased by Mormon settlers for a sum of $1,950. During this time, the settlement was referred to as Brownsville and the fort was called the Brown Fort. The name Ogden was given later honoring Peter Skein Ogden, a fur trader and representative of Hudson Bay Company. The spot that had once been the Fort Buenaventura in the mid 19th century, is now a state park.

From 1945 until the mid 1860s, several agricultural settlements grew in the Ogden-Clearfield metropolitan statistical area. This made Ogden a rural region with lots of greenery and fresh air. The industrialization started in 1869; this was the year when construction of the city's Intercontinental Railroad was completed. Besides placing the city on the financial map of America, construction of the railroad also increased the non-Mormon population of Ogden. This gave birth to a political rivalry between the non-Mormons and Mormons. The rivalry existed until the late 1880s. In the year 1989, things changed significantly and the friction between the two communities was reduced with the election of the non-Mormon leader Frederick J. Kiesel as Ogden's mayor.

As mentioned earlier, Ogden got its intercontinental railroad in 1869. By 1870, the city turned into one of the major railroad towns operating both in east-west and north-south directions. Within a few years, the city's railroads became the intermountain west's crossroads and people started to call Ogden "The Junction City". Access offered by the city's railroads and the fact that it was centrally located helped Ogden to grow into a great industrial region. The city became home to a number of flour mills, woolen mills, canneries, power plants, livestock yards, hotels, banks, telephone companies and breweries. This rapid growth of the city of Ogden made it the obvious choice for establishing Government installations in time of the Second World War. The metropolitan statistical area of Ogden became the base for torrential army, air force as well as the navy.

About Ogden, Utah

Ogden, Utah is a city located in the foothills of the famous Wasatch Mountains and is one of the largest cities in Utah. The city is also rated among the principle cities of the Ogden-Clearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Ogden-Clearfield MSA includes all of the Weber, Davis and Morgan counties. The rivers Weber and Ogden run through the heart of the city of Ogden and are responsible for making the city one of hottest fishing territories on earth.

Ogden has a continental climate marked by dry and hot summers and snowy and cool winters. The city sometimes experiences rainfall accompanied by infrequent thunderstorms during the summer months. The actual monsoon season of Ogden however, starts in mid-July and continues until mid-September.

Earlier, this city was home to only the farming community; but after being designated as the hub of the intercontinental railroad in 1869, the city has witnessed rapid growth. On the other hand, Clearfield, another principle city of Ogden-Clearfield MSA experienced drastic growth after being declared as the Hill Air Force Base in the 1940s.

The city of Ogden is home to a number of historical sites and museums. One of the most esteemed museums located in this part of the world is the Hill Aerospace Museum founded in the year 1981. The exhibits of this museum include more than 90 aircrafts belonging to different nations of the world. Other than the aircrafts, the Hill Aerospace Museum also houses items like auxiliary vehicles, munitions, equipments etc. The other major tourist attractions of Ogden, UT include the Ogden Nature Center, Historic Union Station, Eccles Dinosaur Park, Galleries situated in the Historic 25th Street etc.

The academic infrastructure of Ogden is considered as one of the best in America. This makes Ogden one of the most likeable places for relocating. The chief school district of the city is the Ogden City School District. Besides the public schools, the city is also home to several Charter Schools and Christian Schools. The most prominent names among them are: Ogden Preparatory Academy, Da Vinci Academy, St Paul's Lutheran School and Christian Heritage. For higher education, there are eminent Colleges and Universities like Stevens-Henager College, Weber State University and University of Utah.

Ogden is often described as a haven for adventure sports lovers. Several parts of the Ogden and Weber rivers provide opportunities of kayaking. The city also has a number of rock climbing routes. Resorts like Wolf Mountain, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin, on the other hand, are famous for offering breathtaking prospects of skiing.

About Weber County, Utah

Ogden, Utah is a part of three counties, namely Weber, Davis and Morgan. The city is however, a county seat of the Weber County.

Weber County was formed in the year 1852. It is a part of both the Salt Lake City and the Ogden-Clearfield MSA. The valley region of the county has tributaries of both Ogden and Weber rivers running through it. Weber County has the Wasatch Range to its east and the western boundary of the county is outlined by the Great Salt Lake. The Surveyor's office of the county divides it into 2 regions, "Upper Valley" and "Lower Valley"; the two regions are separated by the front range of Wasatch running from north to south.

The next county, in which the city of Ogden resides is the Morgan County. Like the Weber County, Morgan is also a part of both the Salt Lake City and the Ogden-Clearfield MSA. The total area covered by this county is 1,582 sq km, of which only 4 sq. km is water and the rest is land. The other premium towns and cities of Morgan County are: Morgan, Peterson, Mountain Green, Croydon and Portville. The county was first inhabited by white settlers in the year 1855, when the famous Mormon leader Charles Shreeve Peterson occupied the area along with other members of his family.

The other county that includes Ogden is Davis County. It was created in the year 1850. The exact location of this county is between the Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake. The largest city of this county is Layton; some other famous towns and cities of Davis County are: Sunset, Clinton, Kaysville, Bountiful and Centerville. The county also includes Antelope Island. The island is designated for protecting wildlife and other natural treasures. The animal species housed by Antelope include: bison, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. The actual development of Davis County started in 1870, after the advent of Utah Central Rail Roads.