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About Box Elder County

Box Elder County covers 5,614 square miles, a large area, in the northwest corner of Utah. Great Salt Lake and its mud and salt flats form most of it's southern boundary; the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains form its eastern boundary. Deserts cover much of the county, but the Wasatch Mountains, on the eastern border, and the Raft River Mountains, which lie on the north, are beautiful forested alpine areas. The Bear River, the longest inland river in the world, flows through the Wasatch Mountains and empties into Great Salt Lake. It, along with other mountain-fed streams provide irrigation water for wide expanses of farmland, especially in the Bear River Valley. Most of the population of the county lives in this small part of the county, while only a few small towns are found further west.

Box Elder County's population, as of the year 2000, was 42,745. Brigham City is the county seat. Interstate 15 passes north-south along the eastern edge of the county, and Interstate 84 breaks off at Tremonton, heading northwest into Idaho. Utah highway 30 crosses the wide western deserts of the county, eventually reaching the Nevada state line, and also connects to Cache County to the east. Several other state highways connect the wide areas of the Bear River Valley.

The great western deserts of the county are almost uninhabited, although large areas are used for grazing cattle and occasional ranches can be seen. The valleys slope gradually down to the salt and mud flats of Great Salt Lake. Several low mountain ranges separate the valleys. Snowville, Park Valley and Grouse Creek are the towns found in this remote area.

Thiokol operates a plant that builds rockets for the space shuttle in Box Elder County.

What to See in Box Elder County

Golden Spike Historical Site

The famous completion of the first transcontinental railroad took place in Box Elder County in the Promontory Mountains in 1869. This portion of the railroad was bypassed when by a track running right through Great Salt Lake. The site, including many miles of the original railroad grade, is preserved by the National Park Service, called Golden Spike National Historical Site. Travel along the historic grades, now converted to roads, and read the story of this monumental undertaking in many signs along the route.

The Raft River Mountains

The Raft River Mountains reach as high as 9,925 feet in elevation and sit right in the northwest corner of the county, with their northern slopes reaching into Idaho. They run east-west, contrary to the norm, and are largely flat on top, accessible by a four wheel drive road.

Street Index

11700 North Road
12500 South Road
12800 North Road
13600 North Road
17200 West Road
17600 North Road
18000 West Road
18400 North Road
20800 North Road
22000 West Road
22400 North Road
24000 North
24600 North Road
25200 West Road
25800 North Road
400 West Road
6000 West Road
7200 North Road
8800 West Road
a dirt road
a dugout
a railroad grade
a road
a trail
Blue Creek
Blue Creek Drive
Central Railroad Grade
East Tour
Emigrant Trail Road
Faust Valley Road
Frontage Road
Golden Spike Drive
Golden Spike Road
Governors Spring Road
Grouse Creek Road
Interstate 15
Interstate 84
Kotter Lane
Lion Mountain Road
Lucin Road
Malad River
Mission Ranch Road
Old Highway 191
Pilot Mountain Road
Promontory Road
Rabbit Spring Road
Rabbit Springs Road
Rocky Pass Road
Rocky's Road
Salt Wells Road
Spiral Jetty Road
State Highway 13
State Highway 233
State Highway 30
State Highway 83
Transcontinental Railroad Byway
Utah Highway 30
Wallace Lane
West Tour