Trivia question: what is the longest continuously-inhabited city in Utah since the Pioneers arrived in 1847? Is it Salt Lake City? Nope! Salt Lake was temporarily abandoned after its founding due to a conflict. The longest continuously-inhabited city is that of the City of Holladay, and it’s a beautiful area with which to close out our Salt Lake County city overviews on our blog series.
Holladay was initially settled in 1847 due to the presence of flowing water in what was otherwise considered to be a high-altitude desert. However, it was not incorporated until 1999, but regardless has been considered to be a very important settlement in greater Salt Lake City. Its comparative lushness to the center of Salt Lake meant that it was one of the most important, with streams, flowers, ponds, springs, and land which could be tamed for agricultural use. John Holladay was a Pioneer who became a local LDS Church leader after arriving in Utah Territory, coming west from Alabama, and it is his name which now graces that of the incorporated city.
The natural features in the area are part of what has made Holladay an attractive place to live. Many of the homes here are larger, older, and beautiful. It’s a community which is welcome to any and all, but it’s also very upscale, clean, quiet, and ordered throughout.
The nice feel of the area has attracted more people to the area. Since the start of the new millennium, the population of Holladay has nearly doubled. It’s home to quite a few local businesses, including some very fine restaurants such as Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze along Holladay Boulevard.
Set between the Wasatch Mountains, Millcreek, Murray, and Cottonwood Heights, Holladay also has some of the most stunning mountain views around. The Wasatch sits directly behind the city with I-215 running behind it, and it is a gorgeous vista with the tall peaks, green trees, and snow-capped peaks. Looking westward, residents see the Oquirrh Mountains, also typically covered with snow at their highest elevations.
Besides being one of the first areas outside of downtown SLC to be established by the Pioneers, Holladay has another notable first for Utah: the first indoor mall, Cottonwood Mall, which opened in 1962. The area is currently being redeveloped into the next iteration of contributing to the local economy.
Holladay is home to a few people of significance. One of them is Olympian Jared Goldberg, a student at Westminster College whom was raised in nearby Sugar House. Goldberg has competed at events at both the Sochi and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as an alpine skier.
The other famous resident is former Massachusetts governor, presidential candidate, two-time Senate candidate (as of this writing), and mastermind of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Mitt Romney does live in Utah, specifically in Holladay. Among Utahns, Romney is and continues to be admired and respected, and carries a great deal of influence across the county, state, and arguably the nation. It’s pretty clear that Utah is home to many influential people, and we’re glad to have them in our midst.
With a history stretching back prior to the founding of the state, substantial natural beauty, great neighborhoods, excellent local business, and influential people, Holladay is a fantastic asset to the community of the Wasatch Front and greater Salt Lake City. It’s our privilege at VIP Limousine to serve the city and partake of all it has to offer.