Much of Utah's sugar beet history and production was centered in West Jordan due to
the large sugar factory built and operated in the community for many
years. West Jordan also had been known for its fur industry, which has
mostly disappeared due to urbanization.
In the sports
world, several West Jordan boxers gained national and international
recognition, ranking and titles under the management of Marvin Jenson.
Most notably native-son Gene Fullmer twice won the World Middle Weight
Boxing Championship. Other fighters of note include AAU champions Floyd
Richardson and Rex Layne (also a top professional contender), Olympic
champion Jay Lambert, and Gene Fullmer's brother Don, who also fought
for the Middle-weight championship.
West Jordan was the home of Jean M. Westwood, when she was chosen to
chair the National Democratic party on 14 July 1972, the first woman
in America to chair a major national political party.
It was 10 January
1941 before the town of West Jordan, with a population of less than
2,000, was officially incorporated. In the late 1960s the community
began growing at such a rate it became one of the fastest growing small
communities in the United States. By 1990 the population had reached
42,912. During this time the community has developed a degree of economic
diversity with segments of industrial and commercial development along
with its population growth. In the process, over a dozen community parks
have been acquired and developed. This push to strengthen quality of
life for citizens is also reflected in a recent successful proposal
that brought it together with its sister city, South Jordan, to win
the location site for a new 100-acre Salt Lake Community College campus,
which will be built straddling the cities' shared border.