Murray's industry was hard hit by the 1930s depression. The smelters began to close in
1931, and major industry had all but vanished by 1940. Murray was quick
to take advantage of various federal projects to compensate for this
economic loss. The city actively sought federal money to refurbish its
twenty-two-acre park and buildings and to purchase an additional twelve
acres of fairgrounds. By 1939 Murray was the site of the annual Salt
Lake County Fair.
Even though the
smelters, brickyards, and flour mills that fueled Murray's industrial
economy either closed or moved between 1930 and 1950, its central location
makes Murray an ideal bedroom community and area of small businesses
and service industries. The present population (31,282 in 1990) is employed in office, service, and industrial jobs
throughout Salt Lake Valley. From 1950 to the present, Murray's population
has continued to expand and prosper.
See: Murray City
Corporation, History of Murray City (1976); Raymond R. Rasmussen, History
of Murray, State of Utah (1936).