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History of Tooele, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Agricultural expansion of the principal crops--grain, alfalfa and barley--was the result of the completion of the Settlement Canyon Dam in 1966 with a l,166-acre-feet capacity. To the west, grazing on Tooele's western desert provides winter forage for thousands of sheep and cattle.

Historically, mining has been important in Tooele, where a smelter operated from 1909 to 1972. Some Tooele residents commute to Mercur, an old mining town that was revived in 1983 and today is Utah's primary source of gold. But both agriculture and mining are of less importance today than they were formerly.

Mormons have predominated in Tooele. The city's first mayor, John Rowberry, was also the presiding Mormon. From two wards, Tooele has grown to support eighteen wards and three LDS stakes. A Methodist church was built in 1873, a Catholic Church, St. Marguerite's, in 1910. Other congregations found in the city are the Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Jehovah's Witnesses, members of the Christian Faith Church, and members of the Assembly of God Church.

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