Peterson, Utah

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Peterson
Unincorporated community
An intersection in Peterson, Utah
An intersection in Peterson, Utah
Peterson is located in Utah
Peterson
Peterson
Location of Peterson in Utah
Coordinates: 41°07′05″N 111°46′04″W / 41.11806°N 111.76778°W / 41.11806; -111.76778Coordinates: 41°07′05″N 111°46′04″W / 41.11806°N 111.76778°W / 41.11806; -111.76778
Country United States
State Utah
County Morgan
Settled 1855
Named for Charles Sreeve Peterson
Elevation[1] 4,885 ft (1,489 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)

Peterson is an unincorporated community in Morgan County, Utah, United States.

Geography[edit]

Peterson is located near Peterson Creek and Interstate 84, seven miles northwest of the town of Morgan.[2]

Thurston Peak, the highest peak in the county at an elevation of 9,706 feet (2,958 m), is located near Peterson.[3]

History[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 301
1890 271 −10.0%
1900 302 11.4%
1910 277 −8.3%
1920 312 12.6%
1930 308 −1.3%
1940 400 29.9%
1950 289 −27.7%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[4]

Peterson was first settled in 1855. It was originally named Weber City after the nearby Weber River. The first public building, a combination school and LDS Church, was opened in 1861. The town was designated county seat in 1862, and remained so for four years, until it was replaced by Littleton in 1866, and then Morgan in 1868.[5] The Peterson General Store, which also housed a U.S. post office, opened in 1869. Other businesses included the Dexter Hotel, a train station, and a stockyard.[5]

In 1872, the town's name was changed to Peterson to honor an early settler, Charles Sreeve Peterson. Peterson was a Mormon leader, and the first settler of Morgan County.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Peterson, Utah. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. p. 293. ISBN 0-87480-345-4. 
  3. ^ Thurston Peak
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Settlements of Morgan County", Morgan County Utah Historical Society. Accessed 21 June 2009.