Morgan County and Northern Utah in general are historically interesting destinations. They are also interesting in regard to climate. While California and other coastal regions see little fluctuation in temperature throughout the year, Utah and other landlocked, mid-western states experience extreme temperatures year round. In the summer, temperatures climb over 100⁰ F and in the winter they drop well below 0⁰ F. This means that residents of Morgan County and all of Northern Utah must have fully-functioning HVAC systems in order to live comfortably. HVAC Utah services much of Northern Utah, including Morgan County. Residents can count on us to take care of their heating and cooling while they study the rich history that surrounds them.
The History of Morgan County
Morgan County has always been rich in resources. The plentiful animals to hunt, shelter materials to gather, and fresh water to drink made Morgan County a great place to be, even in prehistoric times. Fifteen major streams feed into the Weber River, so there was plenty of water to drink. Elk, birds, and fish densely populate the area, perfect for hunters.
When white settlers entered Utah, Ute and Shoshone nomads camped in the valleys and near the water in Morgan County. This is evidence that Morgan County was utilized by humanity long before 1825, when white fur traders and trappers squabbled over the area. One specific area of Morgan County was even nicknamed “Wickiup” for the Native American dwellings found there.
In 1847, Mormon pioneers entered Utah after a long journey by wagon train. These travelers left Illinois to escape religious persecution and moved west in hopes of finding a place where they could worship freely. The pioneers entered the state just East of Morgan County and moved into the area shortly after. Although the pioneers settled in what would later become Salt Lake City, the trail they travelled on runs through Morgan County. There are still rocks in the county that are marked and damaged by the pioneers’ wagon wheels.
The Morgan County that we know today was not under construction until 1855 when Thomas J. Thurston convinced a group of men to help him ease canyon access. The group created a road into the valley with nothing but picks, crowbars, and plows. Now the Morgan County of today could start to form. The same group built homes in the valley and surrounding area. The area was not dubbed “Morgan County” until 1862.
Morgan County became even more accessible in 1868 and 1869 when the Union Pacific Railroad constructed a track through the canyon. This also established a better, safer road. Soon that road became known as a “Gateway to the West.”
The history of Morgan County is rich and fascinating. Everyone wants to be remembered by history, have their name taken down in a history book and regurgitated by the technology of the future. It is pretty hard to make history if your time is taken up fretting about your HVAC system. Let HVAC Utah do the worrying for you. Go out and become a part of history!