next sizeable population explosion came just before and during World
War II when the military built Defense
Depot Ogden in northern Weber County and Hill
Air Force Base and the Naval
Supply Depot in nearby Davis County. DDO and Hill continue to provide
many jobs for Weber County residents. The war also placed increased
demands on the transportation network, and as many as 150 regular and
special trains moved through Ogden's Union Station on many days in 1944.
has definitely entered the space age. A number of aerospace industries
have offices and other facilities here, and manufacturing plants produce
powerful, miniature, jet engines for aircraft and missiles and Jetway
loading bridges for airports worldwide. Weber State University (with
some 13,000 students), the U.S. Forest Service regional headquarters,
the IRS Service Center, and the McKay-Dee and *St. Benedict's hospitals are among the county's major employers
in the 1990s.
Murray M. Moler