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.
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
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