Introduction to West Jordan, Utah
West Jordan is located in Salt Lake Valley, bordered by mountains that reach a height of over 11,000 feet. The city is recognized as a suburb of Salt Lake City. The municipality takes its name from the close by Jordan River. Bingham Canyon Mine, one of the biggest man-made excavations in the entire world is nearby. The Jordan Landing development is one of the largest shopping locations in the state. The city includes a significant industrial base.
In 1847 Mormon settlers along with their leader Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. The Mormons noticed the similarities of the western desert and the biblical lands and considered the region to be their Holy Land. They named the nearby river after the River Jordan, located in Palestine. The city was established in approximately 1849. The saw mill industry began in 1850. During the early stages, the city's economy was based on agriculture, mills as well as mining. Jordan was home to one of the first leather tanneries located west of the Mississippi River and to some of the earliest air flights emanating in the west. It was also a major center for sugar beet prodcution. The city has experienced rapid growth since the 1970's.
One of the major attractions is the historic Gardner Village. It features a large number of specialty shops located in historic homes, historic mills, a duck pond, an old wooden water wheel, a train station which has been converted into a candy shop, a petting zoo and a day spa. It's popular with residents and tourists. The area features other notable attractions including:
- Gardner Museum is a notable venue and features historic buildings.
- Nearby Salt Lake City includes the historic Temple Square.
- Kennecott's Bingham Copper Mine is close by.
- Rock Meeting House.
- Historic Sugar Factory.
Skiing, featuring the well known soft Utah powder attract skiers from all over the world to the nearby Brighton, Alta, Solitude and Snowbird ski resorts. The close by Great Salt Lake is a popular tourist destination. Antelope Island State Park offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife. Recreational activities, including fishing are available at Utah Lake State Park.
The Utah Transit Authority provides bus services.