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    Herriman, Utah

    Twenty-two miles south of Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County rests twenty square miles of land. Over 21,000 people live on this land. In 2,000, there were only a little over 1,000 residents of Herriman. That number jumped to its present 21,000 in just ten years.

    Four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school teach their children. Ten cops look after them. Herriman is #3 on the list of Top 100 fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2008. Common industries in town include construction and manufacturing. Actor Wilford Brimley is from nearby Salt Lake City.

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    History

    Settlement of Salt Lake County began in 1847 on land formerly hunted and farmed by the Northern Shoshone and Ute tribes. The Mormons entered the region and set up settlements. They planted vegetables, hunted and fished and began a school.

    At Brigham Young’s behest, the settlers explored the outlying areas. These early settlers sought self-sufficiency and manufactured everything they needed. In 1847, three men founded the town of Herriman. Robert Dansie, Thomas Jefferson Butterfield and Henry Harriman then built Fort Herriman in 1854 to protect the fledgling town from hostile Indians. Brigham Young ordered the fort’s abandonment in 1858 due to the approach of Albert Sidney Johnston’s troops.

    Parks and Recreation

    It seems as if every street in Herriman has its own park. Some parks have basketball or tennis courts, most have hiking and biking. Splash Pad Park and Blackridge Reservoir are available for those needing a cool splash in the summer.

    Most parks welcome dogs, but visitors must clean up after the animals. The parks are open from early morning to dusk. There are children’s productions in Butterfield Park along with a Halloween Festival and concerts in the parks.

    Events

    Events in Herriman include a production of Peter Pan in Butterfield Park, Junior Rodeo, Fit Kids Triathlon and an International Days Folklore Festival. Herriman Fisheries is in the spring and it teaches kids how to fish.

    Fort Herriman Days is in June, featuring movies in the park, a carnival, food, entertainment, a car show and other activities. The Herriman Arts Council hosts talent shows, children’s theater productions and holiday presentations. Fun for the whole family is to be had all year round.

    Attractions

    When was the last time you picked an apple right off the tree? Pick apples in Herriman! Check out area produce at the Farmer’s Market, and then make a scrumptious meal. Hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section perform Creedence Clearwater Revival hits. Hear Luke Bryan or Dave Hahn.

    Visit Oktoberfest. Check out the chili cook-off. Don’t miss the Salt Lake County Fair. The International Model Car Builder’s Museum isn’t so much about building model cars as it is about information regarding hobbyists’ passion.

    They do, however, display models of all types. In addition, you mustn’t miss Merrill Osmond’s Youth Pioneer Pageant and attendant fireworks show. It has been called truly magnificent.

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