History of North Ogden

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The town of North Ogden was organized February 1, 1934. It became a Third Class City on August 1,
1950. We are currently a Fourth Class City in 2004.

1950 Census 1105                                    1980 Census 9309
1960 Census 2621                                    1990 Census 11593
1970 Census 5237                                    2000 Census 15026

Elections are held every two years (odd years). Officials are elected for four-year terms. The Mayor and
two council members are elected in one election year and three council members are elected in the next
election year. This is done so that there are always holdover officials.

The Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment officials are appointed.

City Council meetings are held the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Boards of Adjustment meetings are held on the 2nd or 4th Thursday as needed, at 6:00 p.m.

Justice Court is held every Monday, except holidays, starting at 4:30 p.m.


Mayor                           Gary Harrop         City Administrator           Rich Nelson
City Council Members            Ronald Flamm        City Attorney                Mark Ferrin
                                Martha Harris       City Recorder                S. Annette Spendlove
                                Richard Harris      City Treasurer               Bill Bernard
                                Steven Huntsman     Deputy City Recorder         Sue Richie
                                Jed Musgrave        Finance Director             Debbie Cardenas

Planning Commission                                 Board of Adjustment

Chair:         Ivan Barker                          Chair:                       Ed Jager
Vice Chair:    Lee Crittenden                       Vice Chair:                  Don Gneiding

Members        Brian Bott                           Members                      Doug Christensen
               Jon Bingham                                                       Linda Miner
               Jerry Lindquist                                                   Cheryl Stoker
               Joan Brown
               Dean Hunt
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                         BUDGET 2004/2005 is $11,864,466

                         WHERE MONEY COMES FROM

                          Business Licenses
                          Court Fines
                          Dog Licenses
                          Federal Funds
                          Franchise Taxes
                          Garbage Collection Fees
                          Private Sources
                          Property Taxes
                          Sales Tax
                          Sewer Connection Fees
                          State Funds
                          Storm Run-Off Fees
                          Utility Bills
                          Water Connection Fees

                             WHERE MONEY GOES

                          Capital Improvements
                          City Buildings
                          Fire Protection
                          General Administration
                          Maintenance of Sanitary Sewer System
                          Maintenance of Storm Water System
                          Motor Pools
                          Municipal Court
                          Public Safety
                          Redevelopment Agency
                          Storm Sewer Construction
                          Street Lights
                          Waste Collection and Disposal
                          Water Construction
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                                        HISTORY OF NORTH OGDEN

         Because of the unusual valley setting and its beautiful surroundings, North Ogden was a choice spot to the
early settlers. The valley floor was covered with green foliage and wild flowers of every description. Mountain
streams ran clear and cold. Multi-shaded autumn leaves made the foothills and mountainsides an artist’s paradise in
Indian summer. Mighty Ben Lomond, the mountain to the north, stood as a marvelous majestic tower of strength.
North Ogden was truly one of the beauty spots in the West. But, it was alive with Native Americans!

         At one time there was nothing but teepees and Native Americans all over this valley, and they were hostile to
any white man who entered upon their land. Consequently, it created a real challenge for anyone who wanted to live
in this valley.

        The early trappers were the first white men to come to North Ogden, years before the Mormon Pioneers,
because the streams that flowed from the mountains were full of beaver and fur bearing animals that roamed the hills.
They came through North Ogden Canyon because Ogden Canyon was a wild, impassable gorge that was a threat even
to horses.

        In 1850, Jonathon Campbell, a Mormon Pioneer and member of the Mormon Battalion, and his brother,
Samuel, were the first to try and establish a white settlement here, but the Natives ran them out! On March 4, 1851
they returned with a company of ten families and claimed it forever from the Natives. They cut trees in the canyons
and began building log cabins. They grubbed out the sagebrush and planted grain.

         In the fall of that year, Brigham Young, the leader of the Mormon Church, came from Salt Lake City and laid
out the town. North Ogden was surveyed into 14 blocks, each block being divided into half-acre lots. A civil
government was established with a justice of the peace and a constable.

       The little community grew and thrived, with more and more people coming to settle. In the summer of 1852
the men of the settlement hauled logs from the canyons and built the first schoolhouse, which was located on
Washington Boulevard near the North Ogden Medical Center today. All church services, school, socials and civic
meetings were held there.

        This industrious group of pioneers did everything possible to build and develop their town. Not only did they
farm, but many businesses were established such as the gristmills, saw mills, cane mills, molasses mills, and
blacksmiths, lime kilns and tanneries. In 1856 the North Ogden Canal was started. It was the first and largest of its
kind. When completed it cost around $56,000 to build. The women of the town became experts in weaving, spinning
and making of homemade carpets. Apostle of the Mormon Church, Wilford Woodruff, described North Ogden as one
of the most flourishing settlements in the territory.

          However, through all of this prosperity and growth, the pioneers had their troubles too, such as problems with
the Natives, crickets, droughts and blizzards that froze cattle in their tracks. Native troubles forced them to build a
fort in the middle of the town. It was a rock wall and cost $15,000, but before it was completed, the pioneers made
friends with the Natives by feeding them instead of fighting them. The fort wall was later abandoned.

         From 1860 on, North Ogden boomed and became quite an industrious center. It had its own mercantile
institutions, one of which was Z.C.M.I. and was located on 400 East a little south of where McDonald’s is today.
Later that site became the location of a Post Office and Barker’s Service Station. Brick making became a prominent
business and furnished bricks for many buildings in North Ogden, as well as bricks for the Eccles Building and the
J.C. Penney’s store in Ogden. Through the years, fruit farming became the main commodity and North Ogden
became one of Utah’s choice fruit belts with the fruit being shipped throughout the United States.
        Today, many businesses are successfully operating in North Ogden with the promise of more to come. It is
one of the most beautiful residential areas in Weber County with new homes being built throughout the town. North
Ogden, to this day, is a valuable part of the area’s economy and still one of the beauty spots in the West.

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