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History of Woods Cross, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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The historical development of Woods Cross is directly linked to water. Pioneer settlers in 1848 selected the area's rich bottom lands to establish their farms -- generations of fertile silt deposits from the overflowing channels of Mill Creek created some of the best farm land in the state. The mountain watersheds east of Woods Cross retained rain and melting snows until saturation sent runoff water into the boggy meadows and sloughs of the bottoms. Here some of the water was trapped and absorbed into underground aquifers preserving fresh water along the eastern edge of the Great Salt Lake.

Among the early settlers of the area was Daniel Wood, for whom Woods Cross is named. By 1855 he was the wealthiest man in Woods Cross with land, houses, and personal possessions worth nearly $14,000. He built a school in 1854, a church in 1863, and in 1869 gave the lower portion of his rich farm gratis for a railroad depot and crossing--called Woods Crossing, then shortened to Woods Cross.


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