The Heber City
area economy depended on agriculture, livestock, and dairying. Once
the Rio Grande Western railway track was completed in 1899, the city
became a shipping center for agricultural products. For example, in
1915 the D&RGW could boast that Heber annually shipped 360 cars of sheep,
280 cars of hay, 40 cars of cattle, and 60 cars of sugar beets. As Heber
grew, local residents and imports started hotels, retail stores, markets,
lumberyards, banks, and other businesses. The local weekly newspaper,
The Wasatch Wave,
began publishing in 1889.
middle schools, and eventually a high school trained the young. The
local chamber of commerce was active in promoting the tourist industry
and was pleased when U.S. Highway 40 passed through the community. In
the 1990s Heber City continues as an agricultural center, an attractive
place for tourists to visit, and a bedroom community for the Salt Lake
and Utah valleys.
James Mortimer, How Beautiful Upon the Mountains (1963).
Jessie L. Embry