History of Farr West, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)

Farr West residents have exhibited intense interest in controlling the various influences on community growth. Before incorporating, the community elected a town planning committee in 1962, and then elected a town committee in 1972. These groups worked with the Weber County Planning Commission to effect a desirable growth pattern in the community. However, town residents became increasingly fearful that they would lose the ability to effectively convey their desires to the county planners. The concern eventually led to incorporation of Farr West City in 1980. Becoming the twelfth city in Weber County, it began formal operation on 1 January 1981. Jimmie Papageorge was elected as the first mayor. City officials operated out of their homes until city offices were constructed. The first meeting was held in the new town hall on 4 November 1982.

At the time this history was prepared (1993), Farr West City boasted one of the nicest community parks in the county. Yet it was not developed without great effort and planning. Property for the park was bought for a token payment of ten dollars from the Weber County School Board in 1939. Approximately four years later, arrangements were made with the Weber County commissioners to have the land leveled, using county graders. Reported efforts were made to get grass established on the sandy soil. Only after a well was dug and a sprinkling system installed did the grass begin to do fairly well. A bowery and a fireplace were erected, picnic tables were built, trees were planted. After the city was incorporated, a softball diamond complete with bleachers for spectators was set up, and finally a concessions stand was erected. The park is the site where Farr West's annual Freedom Festival is enjoyed by residents each Fourth of July.

Brian Taylor

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