Water is the
key to Wendover; the Nevada side especially has a limited supply. Wendover
is also a supply center for ranchers, who range thousands of head of
sheep and cattle within a fifty mile radius. Aside from the tourism,
employment has been provided for over seventy-five years by the potash
industry. In 1988 Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation sold its
plant to Reilly Wendover, which produces 100,000 tons of fertilizer
The city's elevation
is 4,230 feet, and the mean monthly temperature of Wendover ranges from
a maximum of 79 F. in July to a minimum of 27 F. in January, with an
annual precipitation of approximately five inches. High summer temperatures
and frequent wind create a large evaporation rate.
A number of religious
denominations are represented in Wendover: Catholic, Baptist, Christian
Fellowship, and a Mormon ward. An eighty-five foot concrete and steel sculpture "Metaphor --Tree of Utah--by Karl Momen welcomes Wasatch Front
visitors approaching the city twenty-six miles away.