What Is The First Town In Utah? It’s Not SLC
What??? Salt Lake City is not the oldest town/city in Utah. Salt Lake City, was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young.
Salt Lake City was established as the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and remains the capital and largest city in Utah. But, there was someone here first!
According to Utah History Encyclopedia, Ogden claims to be the oldest settlement in Utah because of the founding in 1845 of a small picket enclosure, Fort Buenaventura. Located along the Weber River the area was owned by Miles Goodyear, a mountain man working in the northern Utah area. Goodyear met the Mormon pioneers coming west in 1847 and offered his fort and claim, which the Mormons bought in November 1847.
His claim included the fort and the area approximating the present Weber County boundaries. Fort Buenaventura was established in 1845, and it existed for approximately two years before the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.
Fort Buenaventura was a fur trading post established by Miles Goodyear, a trapper and trader. It served as a gathering place for trappers, traders, and Native Americans. I totally remember Mountain Men coming to do assemblies at my elementary and Jr High schools. So fun!
While Salt Lake City was founded by the Mormon pioneers two years later in 1847, Ogden's claim is based on the establishment of Fort Buenaventura. It's worth noting that Fort Buenaventura was short-lived and abandoned by 1847 when the Mormon settlers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. The Mormons went on to establish Salt Lake City as their permanent settlement and the center of their operations in the region.
History is awesome and sometimes not what you think it is.
I am not having a great week. My daughter got her license and on day 2 she blew up her engine.
2 days after that my car broke down and we took it to get serviced. I got it back the next day and the code came back on. I took it back and they said it was gonna be expensive to fix. So we went to pick it up and the car didn't even make it to the light before it died in the middle of the road.
My daughter was driving and freaking out. (Secretly I'm blaming her for another broken car. She is obviously a car crap magnet. J/K) It's dead. It would cost more to fix it then it's worth. Money and transportation stress is awful! I don't wish that stress on anyone. You start looking for cheap cars and freaking out about how you are going to get everyone to work.
So today I had to take our truck to work. I thought I would be nice and fill it up for my husband. This is when the worst fail comes in....
Let me start by saying that my day was already a little stressful besides the car stuff. I already had a few conversations and problems at work that riled me up. I was on the phone and got out at the gas station to fill up. I was on and off the phone with my kids telling them I was on my way. I started the gas and put my card away in the truck.
Suddenly my heart dropped and I freaked out. I PUT GAS IN MY DEISEL TRUCK!!!! I ripped the gas pump out of the tank and it spilled on the ground. What was I doing? I never drive the truck! I was on autopilot at a gas station I go to at least once a week. I already lost 2 freakin cars this week within 4 days! Work was dumb. My kids kept calling. How much did I put in? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHY????????
I called my husband at work. He actually answered and said, "Hi Babe. What's up?"
I could barely get the words out clearly. My voice was pretty quiet and cracking. "Babe, I put gas in the truck." He just sat there for a second and said, "Regular Gas?" I said yes and told him I realized the mistake and had only put 4.6 gallons in. He said," Ok I'm coming, it's ok." HE IS THE BEST HUMAN. I cried.
I had to go tell the manager what happened and that my truck would be there for a while. I sat there and waited trying not to keep crying but it was all coming out now. All of the pent up stress, I was a mess.
I can feel it still as I am typing this. Life is HARD sometimes and this was just a pile up of MILD things. Wow.
Thank you to my amazing husband. Thank you to his boss who let him leave to come save me and drain all of the gas out of our truck for 3 long, hot hours. Thank you to our friends who saw my sad Cat Country Utah facebook post and immediately asked if we needed help. It always takes a village. I am glad I have a good one. ♥