Box Elder County, Utah

Box Elder County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. It lies on the north end of the Great Salt Lake, covering a large area north to the Idaho border and west to the Nevada border. Included in this area are large tracts of barren desert, contrasted by high, forested mountains. The Wasatch Front lies along the south-eastern border, where the main cities are found. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 49,975. It was named for the box elder trees with which the county abounds. Its county seat and largest city is Brigham City.

Box Elder County lies on the north end of the Great Salt Lake, covering a large area north to the Idaho border and west to the Nevada border. Included in this area are large tracts of barren desert, contrasted by high, forested mountains. The Wasatch Front lies along the south-eastern border, where the main cities are found.

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Box Elder County Courthouse

Box Elder County Cities, Towns and Villages

Bear River City Blue Creek Bothwell Brigham City Collinston
Corinne Deweyville Elwood Etna Fielding
Garland Grouse Creek Harper Ward Honeyville Howell
Kelton Lucin Lynn Mantua Park Valley
Penrose Perry Plymouth Portage Promontory
Riverside Snowville South Wind Terrace Thatcher
Tremonton Washakie Willard Yost ...

Bingham City

Mormon pioneer William Davis first explored the Brigham City area in 1850. He returned with his family and others a year later to create permanent homes. Brigham Young directed Lorenzo Snow to create a self-sufficient city at the site in 1853. Snow directed both religious and political affairs in the settlement, eventually naming it Box Elder in 1855.

World War II brought a major economic boost to the city. The federal government created Bushnell General Hospital on Brigham City's south side to treat soldiers wounded in the war. Locals sold supplies and food to the hospital while hospital staff patronized local businesses. After the war, the hospital's buildings were used as Intermountain Indian School. Many young Native Americans attended the boarding school until it closed in 1984, although the Intermountain "I" on the mountain is still visible in tandem with Box Elder High School's "B".

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