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History & Demographics

History & Demographics

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Historic Ogden

Ogden City, the heart of northern Utah, is nestled against the Wasatch Mountains with fantastic views of the Wasatch mountain range to the east and the Great Salt Lake to the west. Two major rivers, the Ogden and the Weber, flow through the City on their way to the Great Salt Lake.  Ogden sports four distinct seasons, with temperatures ranging from mid-20s in January to the mid-80s in July.

The first settlement of Ogden occured in 1846 by trapper Miles Goodyear as a trading post named "Fort Buenaventura".  Purchased a year later by Mormon settlers and renamed "Brownsville", the City was later named a third and final time, this time after Peter Skene Ogden, a brigade leader of the Hudson Bay Company who had trapped in the Weber Valley a generation earlier.

Ogden has its roots in the railroad industry as the Junction City of the Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed at the historic Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit in 1869.  For several decades Ogden was touted as the major passenger railroad junction of the West, owing to its central location for both major east-west and north-south rail routes.  This led to the business community developing the catch phrase, "you can't go anywhere without coming to Ogden."

2002 Winter Olympic Games

Ogden would continue to grow in size and community throughout the 20th century, expanding into the military and manufacturing industries.  When the military downsized and the Defense Depot Ogden was closed, the City regrouped and redesigned the massive military facility into a progressive business community, Business Depot Ogden.

In the winter of 2002, the world's eyes were on Ogden as it hosted the downhill, slalom, and giant slalom ski events as well as the ice events for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  Capitalizing on its newfound recognition and pristine natural environment, Ogden has since grown to be a recreation metropolis, with its sights set on becoming the High Adventure recreation capital of the world.