Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale. Utah: Our Home, Part 25

Much of the Salt Lake valley in recent years has experienced unprecedented growth, especially with commerce and industry. The question is, then, where are they all living? One need look no further than the southwestern corner of Salt Lake County to see further indication of the not only the growth, but also its rapidity. That corner consists of three different cities: Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale. All of them carry a great degree of significance as to why we love our home.

Herriman was settled first in 1849 by the Pioneers, and takes its name from one of the four founding families, Henry Harriman and his descendants. The other founding families include Butterfield, Stocking, and Petty. It did not become a city until 2001, but it was also quite small at the time. The population has grown from a little over 1,000 people in 1999 to beyond 51,000 residents, a massive increase in a short amount of time. It now boasts a very nice main street and a beautiful new high school, home of the Mustangs. Many new developments including Rosecrest occupy thousands of acres with beautiful mountain views abounding, with quiet communities and easy access to the remainder of the valley. Herriman in particular directly borders South Jordan and its transit hub along Daybreak Parkway, easing traffic on commuters. The city is also home to the training center for Real Salt Lake.

Butterfield Park is one of the many open places to recreate within the city of Herriman. That magnificent view is also there for all to enjoy. Photo credit: herriman.org
Butterfield Park is one of the many open places to recreate within the city of Herriman. That magnificent view is also there for all to enjoy. Photo credit: herriman.org

Directly east of Herriman, and first settled in 1870, lies the city of Riverton, another primarily residential zone that is also home to businesses, schools, and beautiful parks. This has changed dramatically from the days dominated by farms and fields, with electricity finally arriving in 1912 and agriculture dominating the local economy. The local farming community started to move out in the 1960s and 1970s, opening up the land to development and residents. Nowadays, once-small Riverton has nearly doubled its size within its incorporated boundaries and has a population of more than 40,000 people. One of the south valley’s most important institutions, Intermountain’s Riverton Hospital, opened in 2009 and serves the surrounding area.

The Old Dome Meeting Hall sits in the center of one of Riverton's beautiful city parks, and functions as a meeting house and private event venue. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org
The Old Dome Meeting Hall sits in the center of one of Riverton’s beautiful city parks, and functions as a meeting house and private event venue. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org

The last of these three is the city of Bluffdale, founded in 1886. Bordering Utah County, Bluffdale has a lot of fantastic landscape along the Jordan River, with high cliffs and low valleys marking its location. Bluffdale has not grown with the same speed as its neighbors, but it is still important for Utah residents and the economy. With a population of over 7,000 people, Bluffdale is also home to Camp Williams, a Utah-based training site for the state National Guard nestled in the Traverse Mountains at the south end of Salt Lake County. The camps also houses the Utah Data Center, under the direction of the NSA from the federal government.

It still has some fields left! Bluffdale is slowly growing to include far more homes, but much of the landscape still reflects the farming past. Photo credit: bluffdale.com
It still has some fields left! Bluffdale is slowly growing to include far more homes, but much of the landscape still reflects the farming past. Much of this can still be seen from the neighboring freeway. Photo credit: bluffdale.com

These southwestern Salt Lake County cities together total nearly 100,000 residents, or almost one tenth of the entire valley population. The quiet streets, nice homes, extra space, parks, and other amenities make Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale attractive places for families to live and thrive. It’s our pleasure at VIP Limousine to serve and live by this area, and with its proximity to the growing Silicon Slopes, we look foward to its continued growth and prosperity.

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