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  • The first meeting of County government was held on March 15, 1852 in the old Post Office building at 20 S Main Street.
  • The name of the first County Sheriff was James Ferguson.
  • The County Recorder that served the longest was Katie Dixon from 1975 to 1994.
  • In 1850 the population of Great Salt Lake County was 6,157.
  • In 1880 the population of Salt Lake County was 31,977.
  • In 1910 the population of Salt Lake County was 131,426.
  • In 1930 the population of Salt Lake County was 194,102.
  • In 1950 the population of Salt Lake County was 274,895.
  • In 1980 the population of Salt Lake County was 615,586.
  • That in the population of Salt Lake County in 2000 was 898,387.
  • Great Salt Lake County was created by an act of the territorial Legislative Assembly on January 31, 1850.
  • That the first County Surveyor was Thomas Rhodes.
  • That the first election in Great Salt Lake County was held on August 2, 1852 Our first officials were appointed.
  • That the first County Courthouse was built on the northeast corner of 2nd South and 2nd West and the contract was awarded on May 12, 1855.
  • That in 1865 the area of Bluffdale was settled.
  • Great Salt Lake County was created by an act of the territorial Legislative Assembly on January 31, 1850.
  • That on January 28, 1868 the Territorial Legislature passed an act to drop the word “Great” from Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City.
  • That in 1868 the first shipments of copper and silver left the mines in Salt Lake County.
  • In 1871 Sandy was settled and is named for the sandy soil in the area.
  • That in May 1891, Salt Lake County government created a committee to make arrangements for the upcoming visit of President Benjamin Harrison.
  • That on January 4, 1896 Salt Lake County joined the celebration as Utah became a state.
  • That the Salt Lake County Board of Health recognized the health hazards and ordered the smelters to abate the smoke nuisance in February of 1905
  • In 1930 the Salt Lake County Assessor’s report indicated that the rich value of its agricultural land was due to the growing of sugar beets.
  • In 1936 the Salt Lake Planning Board was established.
  • That on November 7, 1910 the Salt Lake County Hospital was created.
  • That the first peoples to live in the area known as Utah were the Northern Shoshone and the Utes.
  • That in 1942 the total budget for Salt Lake County was $2,301,577.83.
  • That one of the interesting job titles in Salt Lake County in 1921 was that of the Crops and Pests Inspector.
  • That one of the interesting job titles in Salt Lake County in 1856 was that of the Watermaster, which supervised irrigation water rights.
  • That in 1915 Salt Lake County rented steam tractors to the State Road Commission for a charge of $7.00 per day.
  • That the salary for a Deputy Sheriff in 1911 was $80.00 per month.
  • That in 1906 the job of Superintendent of Waterworks was in charge of reservoirs, water tanks, mains, pipes and fire hydrants.
  • That in 1906 the annual water rate charged to a family with 5 rooms was $4.00 And a water closet (bathroom) was an additional $2.00 charge per.
  • That the Assistant to the County Physician made $100.00 per month in 1901.
  • That in 1856 there was an outbreak of smallpox and the County had to impose quarantines.
  • That the median household income in 1997 was $44,118.
  • That the land area of Salt Lake County in square miles is 737.
  • That according to the 2000 census there are 1,219 persons per square mile in Salt Lake County.
  • That in 1989 population estimates were that Salt Lake County would have 1 million people in 2008, but that the population is almost at 1 million.
  • That in 1937 Salt Lake County library system opened with seven branches.
  • That in 1967 groundbreaking for the civic auditorium know as the Salt Palace took place.
  • That before becoming a County, the Salt Lake Valley was know as Deseret, Great Salt Lake City, the Utah Territory and part of the Mexican Territ.
  • That one of the first and most significant taxes to support local government was on liquor.
  • That in 1884 the average wage for schoolteachers was less than $50.00 per month for men and less than $30.00 per month for women.
  • That the only Salt Lake County resident to launch a national presidential campaign was Parley P. Christensen in 1920.
  • That Salt Lake County has had three forms of government; a probate judge and selectmen, three commissioners and a mayor/council form.
  • That some of the most important issues for early County government was building roads, controlling timber and water privileges, and granting mill sites.
  • That the first female Commissioner was Mary Callaghan who served from 1994-2000.
  • That Salt Lake County has 15 incorporated cities within its boundaries.
  • That during World War II Salt Lake County government established funds to provide day care for mothers working in the defense industries.
  • That in 1942 the County granted permission to citizens to use county land for Victory gardens.