“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Jordan in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

West Jordan Settlement

Building On Our Heritage


—Cooper's Store 1888 —

West Jordan Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jack Duffy, August 10, 2010
1. West Jordan Settlement Marker
Inscription. When the Mormon Pioneers first came to the Salt Lake Valley, the river running west of the city was called the Western Jordan. All the area south of Big Cottonwood Creek was known as West Jordan.

Thomas Butterfield, Samuel Egbert, and others were among those who settled here in October 1849. They spent the winter in “dugouts” or man-made caves dug out of the hillside as protection from the harsh winter weather.

A remnant visible in the hillside about 300 yards down the canal. It is located midway between the top of the hill and the canal. Other settlers were scattered in similar settings up and down the river bank a distance of seven miles.

West Jordan incorporated as a town in 1941 and was advanced to city status in 1967. West Jordan remained a rural community until the 1970's. Rapid residential and industrial growth since that time have placed West Jordan as Utah’s seventh largest city.

Photo Caption:
Cooper's Store 1888
Fredrick Cooper’s general merchandise store with attached home in 1912 at 1300 West and Bingham Highway.
Location. 40° 36.544′ N, 111° 55.451′ W. Marker is in West Jordan, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from 7800 South. Click for map. Marker is on 7800 South, on the right when traveling west. It is near a monument to the Gardners: Builders of the West on a short sidewalk trail. It is just west of the Historic Gardner Village Shopping Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan UT 84084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Jordan Canal (here, next to this marker); West Jordan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Jordan Pioneer Church (about 500 feet away); Utah Idaho Sugar Factory (approx. one mile away); Salt Lake and Utah Railroad (approx. one mile away); The Old School House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mingo Smelter (approx. 2.4 miles away); South Jordan Settlement (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Jordan.
Additional keywords. West Jordan, Mormon Pioneers
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. This page has been viewed 639 times since then and 66 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of remnant on side of mountain. • Clear readable photo of marker if possible. • Can you help?
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