A Utah historic site, this old log schoolhouse with its bell tower and red sandstone steps is a reminder of Torrey's pioneer heritage.
Location of Torrey, Utah
|Named for||Jay Torrey|
|• Total||0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|• Land||0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||6,837 ft (2,084 m)|
|• Density||363/sq mi (140.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||1446658|
The town was established in the 1880s by Mormon settlers, and was initially known as Youngtown, after John Willard Young; it is generally held to be named after Jay L. Torrey from Pittsfield, Illinois. Torrey was a member of the Wyoming legislature, who, upon the advent of the Spanish–American War, achieved national attention by proposing the creation of what became three volunteer cavalry regiments, made up of cowboys and stockmen. Torrey was commissioned Colonel of the 2nd Regiment, the "Rocky Mountain Riders"; the 1st Regiment, the only regiment to see action, was better known as the Rough Riders.
Torrey is located at an elevation of 6,830 feet (2,080 m).
As of the census of 2000, there were 171 people, 73 households, and 50 families residing in the town. The population density was 433.3 people per square mile (169.3/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 278.7 per square mile (108.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.42% White and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.
There were 73 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,859, and the median income for a family was $26,528. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,818. About 5.9% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those 65 and older.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Torrey town, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- Murphy, Miram B. A History of Wayne County (Salt Lake City: Utah Historical Society and Daggett County Commission, 1999) as reviewed in Journal of Mormon History, v27 n2, Fall 2001.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Torrey, Utah.|
- Town of Torrey official website
- Tourist information website
- Information on Jay L. Torrey from a collection held by Missouri University of Science and Technology
|Bicknell||Goblin Valley State Park
|Antimony||Boulder||Capitol Reef National Park|