the desert section of the Lincoln Highway was planned for construction
from Granite Mountain west to Ibapah, Utah, and then to Ely, Nevada,
but was then abandoned for a northern crossing (Salt Lake City to Wendover),
Grantsville officially became part of that Lincoln Highway section.
The road was open for travel in 1925. Grantsville's business district
along that highway (U-138) recently consisted of a drugstore, a bank,
a dental and medical clinic, a credit union, a hardware and grocery
store, and five gas stations. Two parks are located in the town and
a memorial museum contains artifacts from the Donner Party. Stock showgrounds
are owned by the county, and campgrounds are found in nearby South Willow
Canyon. A senior citizens' center was completed in 1984. An earlier
venture by Grantsville businessmen was the investment in 1869 in a woolen
mill ten miles east of the city, near present-day Stansbury Park.
construction of the Tooele Ordnance Depot in 1943 brought employment
to the area and also a population increase; consequently, a new high
school was built, which became a focal point for school and public events.
The school was burned, but was rebuilt in 1984; a middle school was
built in 1982.