The city referred to as West Valley City, Utah is a suburb of the city of Salt Lake and is situated within Salt Lake County. Currently, the city of West Valley supports a population of nearly 130,000. Before West Valley City was incorporated in 1980, the region consisted of four separate communities: Granger, Hunter, Redwood and Chesterfield. The USANA Amphitheatre and Maverik Center are situated in West Valley City.
The first known residents of the Salt Lake Valley area, are the Shoshoni and Ute Native American tribes.
Dan Jones and the Welsh latter-Day Saints arrived within the region sometime in the year 1849, settling within the Granger area. Irrigation systems were developed throughout that time that help spur the growth of the agriculture sector. Elias Smith proposed the region's name because of it's successful farming. Occasionally, farming was made near impossible because of the high alkali content. In 1884, the Latter-day Saints divided their group into two and formed a separate Granger Ward.
Shortly after the four communities of Granger, Hunter, Redwood and Chesterfield were incorporated as the city of West Valley a petition rose against them attempting to eliminate the new city. The campaign was successful to the extent that it convinced the court system of the court to order a disincorporation election that happened three months after West Valley City was incorporated. The election was really close, with just 72 votes which decided the outcome of the city. During the last 20 years, the city has thrived and continues to prosper and grow.
The city of West Valley hosts many cultural and music shows within the Utah Cultural Celebration Center within West Valley City. One more famous attraction is the E Center, which was built during the year 1997 and played host to the 2002 Winter Games. The Hale Center Theatre, the Rocky Mountain Raceway and the USANA Amphitheatre are a few of the other attractions which are located within West Valley City. The city of Salt Lake also has various attractions, including the Off Broadway Theatre, which is famous for its comedy shows, Ballet West, that is amongst the leading ballet companies within the US, Wheeler Historic Farm, that is home to a historic farm house, and the Capitol Theatre, which is home to the Utah Opera Company and was built in the year 1913. Some of the other popular places within the area are the Clark Planetarium, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Trolley Square, Heber Valley Historic Railroad, Lagoon Amusement Park, Utah's Hogle Zoo, The Utah Symphony, Utah Opera Company; Salt Lake Art Center, Sandy City Amphitheatre, Fort Douglas Military Museum, The Children's Museum of Utah, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the USANA Amphitheatre and Utah Museum of Natural History.