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.
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.
Valley West Hospital opens.
1970: Valley Fair Mall opens.
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.
Pioneer Valley Hospital opens.
1990: West Valley City Hall dedicated. Population: 86,976.
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.
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.