Cottonwood Heights in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail
Water was needed to make farming viable, so irrigation companies were formed and ditches were dug. The McGhie Ditch was among those taking water from Big Cottonwood Creek and provided water for people living along 2300 East. Butler Ditch supplied water to those living north of Bengal Boulevard along 3500 East. The Brown and Sanford Irrigation Company supplied water to the majority of people in the Butlerville area. The Big Willow Irrigation Company, incorporated
With access to irrigation water, farmers were able to grow truck-garden crops. Peas were a big crop and, for a time, the area had two pea viners, though one of them closed during the depression. During the 1930s, farmers began replacing their truck-garden crops with fruit orchards, and the area became known for its fine fruit. People came from all over the valley to buy fruit from this area. About 1934, Alma Farnsworth moved into the area and established a large fox farm. In the early 1940s, the Erekson brothers established a large fur farm across from Butler Middle School and employed several of the young men in the area who, in turn, started their own fur farms. Fur farming soon became the main source of second income for people in the area, replacing fruit farming. A large egg business and a large turkey farm were also started in the area. About 1953, development of the community and building of subdivisions began, bringing agriculture and fur farming to an end.
Location. 40° 37.839′ N, 111° 48.298′ W. Marker is in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker can be reached from Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the Old Mill Bike Path approximately 800 feet northwest of the parking lot at Old Mill Park. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Lake City UT 84121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Butler School (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Cottonwood Heights Historic Walk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Granite-Butler Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mining (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tithing House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silica Beds (approx. ¼ mile away); Ern and Molly Green Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cedar Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cottonwood Heights.
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2018, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.