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Weber County

The history of Weber County goes as far back as 10,000 years.  When Lake Bonneville dried up, sediments were left in the soils that are perfect for farming.  Prehistoric Indians, Shoshone Indians, and Ute Indians populated the area for many years before the trappers, such as Peter Skeen Ogden, came into the area in 1826.  In 1845 Miles Goodyear set up Fort Buenaventura and became Utah's first permanent white resident.  The fort was eventually sold to James Brown for $1,950 and years later became known as Ogden City.  Charilla Abbott set up the first school in the Utah area shortly after Brown began running the fort. After the railroad was completed in 1869, Ogden became known as "Junction City" because of the city's importance on the railroad line.  Over a hundred trains traveled through Union Station in a week. 

Today, Ogden City, Weber's County Seat, is home to over 200,000 people. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which collects and manages taxes for the United States, has offices in Ogden.  Also in Ogden, Weber State University serves over 18,000 students a year. The city provides many historical and recreation sites for residents and visitors.  For example, Union Station provides 5 different museums, including a museum for firearms, one for cars, and also the State Railroad Museum.  Another popular attraction is the Dinosaur Park with life-sized dinosaur sculptures.  For a peaceful walk through nature visit the Ogden Nature Center, Utah's first nature center since 1975.  There are many more attractions that can be found within 30 miles of Ogden that are well worth seeing.  During 2002 the Winter Olympics, worldwide attention was brought to Weber county.  The Ice Sheet was home to Olympic Curling, and Snowbasin was the ski venue for Downhill, Combined and the Super G events


Fort Buenaventura State Park

Ogden High School

Weber State University

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