Timeline

1848:
Joseph Harker and a handful of Mormon settlers cross the Jordan River near today's 3300 South. The group spends the winter in dugouts cut into river-bottom bluffs and in the spring moves to present day Taylorsville.

1918:
3500 South becomes Granger's first paved street.

1942:
Industrial growth caused by World War II increases the population of the Granger, Hunter and Chesterfield areas.

1964:
Valley West Hospital opens.

1970:
Valley Fair Mall opens.
1975:
Hunter replaces West Jordan as the Salt Lake Valley's fastest growing community.

1980:
Granger, Hunter and Redwood residents vote to incorporate and become West Valley City. Population: 72,509.

1983:
Pioneer Valley Hospital opens.

1990:
West Valley City Hall dedicated. Population: 86,976.

1996:
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt declares West Valley City a "first-class city," with over 100,000 residents.

1996:
City leaders lure the Denver Grizzlies hockey team to relocate to West Valley City by building a hockey arena for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

1997:
The City opens the 10,500-seat E Center (now Maverik Center), which will be used for concerts, sporting events, the 2002 Winter Olympics and as the home of the Utah Grizzlies.

1998:
The City dedicates the Hale Centre Theatre at Harman Hall.

1999:
The City opens a 96,000-square-foot public fitness center.

2000:
West Valley City celebrates its 20th birthday with friends from the sister city Nantou, Taiwan.

2002:
West Valley City's E-Center (now Maverik Center) serves as the chief ice hockey venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

2003:
West Valley City opens the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

2010:
Construction begins on the new Valley Fair Mall.
West Valley City celebrates its 30th anniversary.
West Valley City Population: 129,000.

2011:
The West Valley Line for the UTA TRAX light rail system opens.
Construction for the Fairbourne Station development begins.

2012:
West Valley City's Fairbourne Station project opens.

2015:
West Valley City announces partnership with Real Monarchs to build new stadium.
City celebrates 35th anniversary.
Population reaches an estimated 135,000 residents.