The first known residents of Tooele County were hardy and resourceful bands of Native Americans who adapted to an unforgiving environment fraught with danger and hardship. The winters could be cruel with sub-zero temperatures and deep snow; the summers bleak with little rain and brutal heat. Archaeologists have found evidence in caves that these early inhabitants...
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Tooele County is one of Utah’s most uniquely beautiful places, and features some of the most dramatic and diverse landforms on earth. There are 11,000-foot high peaks, an inland sea, verdant valleys, and a mysterious desert with a bizarre expanse of white salt. The place is also enormous. As Utah’s second largest county, the state of New Jersey could just...
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Over 6,900 square miles in area, Tooele County is on the edge of the Intermountain West’s Great Basin, a colossal landform that stretches from Utah’s Wasatch Mountains to Nevada and north into Idaho. The Great Basin is characterized by what geologists call basin and range physiography: short mountain ranges bounded by faults and surrounded by valleys or basins. More than 10,000 years ago, much of the Great Basin contained...
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