Taylorsville, Utah: Our Home, Part 23

The Jordan River Parkway recreation area is just one of the many beautiful outdoor areas in Salt Lake County, gracing the citizens of Taylorsville with greenery and space. Photo credit: utahagenda.com
The Jordan River Parkway recreation area is just one of the many beautiful outdoor areas in Salt Lake County, gracing the citizens of Taylorsville with greenery and space. Photo credit: utahagenda.com

The northwestern areas of Salt Lake County are often overlooked, and in our opinion, very much underrated. The contributions of Salt Lake City suburbs to the economy and culture of the area, let alone to Utah as a whole, are incredibly important. West Valley is the largest of these, as we have written about previously, and is part of what makes the valley tick. Its southern neighbor, Taylorsville, has risen in prominence and importance as time has passed.

While not incorporated until the 1990s, Taylorsville has been long settled by native Utah tribes and then by Pioneers starting in 1848. Starting with the neighborhoods of Taylorsville, Kearns, and Bennion, it has grown to be the home to over 60,000 people. John Bennion is the namesake of one of these; Taylorsville itself was used to distinguish the area (which is now the city) from the Granger neighborhood in West Valley; Kearns is named after former U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. Taylorsville started as an agricultural area, even though the soil was difficult and the infamous locust infestation came to Utah.

In the 20th century, Taylorsville quickly became a hub for education, travel, and industry. Many of the new schools in Salt Lake County started to appear in the area. Railroad lines began to develop leading towards downtown Salt Lake and the center of the valley. The industrial side of the economy made a transition involving agriculture and incorporating the two together; eventually the economy turned towards retail and government entities.

World War II increased Taylorsville’s profile drastically, with the base of two military camps being housed there. Today, one of them makes up part of a school. On the education front, Taylorsville is also home to the main campus of Salt Lake Community College (or SLCC, pronounced “slick”) along Redwood Road, responsible for much of the higher education around the Wasatch.

Like Murray, Taylorsville sits near the heart of the Salt Lake valley, which makes it a great place to live. To us at VIP Limousine, “The Centennial City” has been a place of work, play, and life which we proudly serve.

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