Layton Utah History
I have heard this story all my life from many people in the Layton area, but I didn't know if it was fact or fiction. Kent Day, a Layton historian, told Deseret News in 2001 that two generations of Layton residents grew up smelling and sounding like their sugar factory. At the time, Layton's growing business district included a sugar mill and a Layton Milling and Elevator Company that delivered more sugar in 1903 than any other mill in Utah. It included an elevator, elevators and other facilities as well as a bakery, grocery store, gas station and many other shops in and outside the area. Layon's growing business district included the Sugar Farm, an elevator, an elevator and various other items such as an ice cream parlour, a cafe and more, all delivered by the thelayton Mills & Elevators Company to operate their business in Salt Lake City, Utah, until 1903.
After the opening of the sugar factory, several trading and trading companies were founded along what is now Layton Main Street.
A separate district and post office were established there, and in 1886 the area became known as Layton, Utah, named for its proximity to Salt Lake City and Ogden Air Base. After the war, growth slowed, but it continued to develop as a suburban bedroom community, as those not employed at the air base began commuting from the salt-water city of Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake area to other Utah cities like Utah State University and Utah Valley University. In 1886 a separate district and post office were established on the site. In 1886, the area was named after the city's location on the west side of the Colorado River, near the intersection of Main Street and Utah Avenue.
The environment evolved to meet the demographics and lifestyle of those who did family work in Layton. Nestled between Salt Lake City Air Force Base and Ogden, as well as the Utah Valley University campus, it ensures that there is plenty of outdoor activity for everyone.
The discovery experience of the existing facility is similar to the recently opened facility in St. George, Utah. Like the FamilySearch Center, which opened last year in Layton Utah, the St George Family's Search Center offers high-tech discovery experiences tailored to the best of the Utah Valley University campus, as well as the University of Utah and Utah State University.
Layton has a population of about 3,000 people and an average income of $25,500 a year, according to the US Census Bureau. Layton High School, the only public high school in the city, is close by but very far from the street. Utah State Route 193 crosses the city and connects us to the U 89 and 15 at Clearfield, and it is just west of Laytons High School.
The area, now called Layton, remained rural, disorganized and unplanned until settlers from Kays Ward finally laid out the streets and built a typical city map with a city center in 1854. When Kayesville was incorporated into the city in 1868, the border included Layton, but by the 1880s many residents wanted to separate from the city.
But the growth of the education system at Salt Lake City and Utah State University enabled Layton to become a third-grade city in the 1950s. But a combination of economic growth and the expansion of Utah's public education and health system made Utah a second-class city in 1950. But population growth, education, health and medical care, and growth in public schools and hospitals enabled it to become Utah's fourth-largest city in 1951.
Christopher Layton's 1966 book "Colonizer, Statesman and Leader" provides a detailed account of the city's history from its beginnings to the present day.
Resources for Davis County, Utah are available from universities across the state, including universities from across the nation. Check UT's Counties Index for a complete list of all counties in the state of Utah, as well as the county's history. A published transcript of a history class at Utah State University is listed in the FamilySearch library catalog as "Davis County Utah Genealogy." It lists the history of each county, then selected cities, and then the city of Layton as a whole.
Below is a list of some of the best sources I have found for the history of Davis County, Utah. Usually, links to Internet sites are clicked directly.
The 1851 U.S. Census shows the population of Davis County, Utah at the time of the census, with a total of 2,843 people in the town of Layton.
The Layton Heritage Museum is one of several small pioneering museums to visit, with a focus on the town of Layton. A comprehensive layman's history, "Layon, Utah," published by the Kaysville - Layon Historical Society, is available at the Heritage Museum.
This small pioneering town from the era of incorporation is the only town in Utah where all buildings are registered on the National Historic Register. The county seat of Davis County, Farmington, has many well-preserved historic buildings, some of which are on the national registry and many of which have been identified by the farmington Historic Preservation Commission.