The city known as West Valley, Utah is a suburb of the city of Salt Lake and is located within Salt Lake County. Currently, West Valley City supports a population of around 130,000. Before it was incorporated during the year 1980, the area comprised four separate communities: Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. Maverik Center and the USANA Amphitheater are located within the city.
The Ute and Shoshoni Native American tribes are the first known residents of the Salt Lake Valley area.
The Welsh Latter-day Saints and Dan Jones arrived within the region sometime in 1849, settling in the Granger area. Irrigation systems were developed during that time which help spur the growth of the agriculture sector. Elias Smith proposed the region's name because of it's successful farming. At times, farming was made near impossible due to the high alkali content. In 1884, the Latter-day Saints divided their group into two and formed a separate Granger Ward.
The communities of Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield and Redwood immediately joined forces to form the city of West Valley. The campaign was successful to the extent that it convinced the court system of the court to order a disincorporation election which occurred three months after West Valley City was incorporated. The election was really close, with just 72 votes deciding the outcome of West Valley City. In the last 20 years, the city has thrived and continues to develop and prosper.
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is situated within West Valley City and hosts an assortment of different music and cultural shows annually. The E Center is another popular attraction. It was built during the year 1997 and hosted the 2002 Winter Games. The Rocky Mountain Raceway, the USANA Amphitheater, and the Hale Centre Theatre are some of the other attractions which are located in West Valley City. Salt Lake City also has a variety of attractions, like for example Ballet West, that is one of the leading ballet companies in America, the Off Broadway Theatre, that is famous for its comedy shows, the capitol Theatre, that is home to Utah Opera Company and was constructed during the year 1913 and Wheeler Historic farm, which is home to a historic farm house. Amongst the other popular places within the region are the Clark Planetarium, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Heber Valley Historic railroad, Trolley Square, Lagoon Amusement Park, Utah's Hogle Zoo, The Utah Symphony, Utah Opera Company; Salt Lake Art Center, Sandy City Amphitheatre, The Children's Museum of Utah, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the USANA Amphitheatre and Utah Museum of Natural History.