Sheep and cattle
remain important to the local economy, as do also dairy products, field
crops, and, in recent years, turkey raising. Trade and manufacturing--including
food processing and building product manufacturing--have contributed
to the county's growth as well. Sevier County is the state's leading
producer of gypsum, a mineral used in building products such as plaster
and plasterboard, which is produced at plants in Sigurd. The county
has coal mines and natural gas reserves in the northeast and major geothermal
resources that could be tapped for energy production.
impact to the county came in the 1980s with the completion of Interstate
70 through the county, skirting the cities of Richfield and Salina.
Construction of the interstate highway uncovered a large Fremont Indian
village in Clear Creek Canyon. This led to the establishment of the
Fremont State Park, which opened in 1987.
The county is
served by three high schools located in Salina, Richfield, and Monroe.
The population of the county has shown a continued increase since 1970
when the population was at 10,976 to 1990 when it had climbed to 15,431.
Miriam B. Murphy