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     Cottonwood Heights' unique historical heritage is one of its most important assets. In order to identify, preserve, protect and enhance historic buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts lying within the city limits and to compile a history of our city, Cottonwood Heights has established a historic committee.

     The Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee has five to nine regular members and meets monthly. Members serve staggered three-year terms and must have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in history or historic preservation. To the extent possible, at least two of the members are professionals from the disciplines of history, archaeology, planning, architecture or architectural history. 

     You can view the committee's agendas and minutes by visiting the public records page, or you can apply to serve on the historic committee.


  • Historic Committee Members
  • M. Tom Shimizu, Chairman
    John Glauser, Vice-Chairman
    Sylvia Orton, Secretary
    Beverly Lund
    Gayle Conger
    Jerri Harwell
    Dean Smart
    Don Antczak
    Carol  Woodside
    Melinda Hortin

    Mike Peterson - City Council Liaison


History Question of the Month:


What do you know about Butler Hill?

Over the next nine months, we’ll highlight the newly designated Historic districts in our city check back every month throughout the rest of 2015 to learn more about Cottonwood Heights’ rich legacy.

Butler Hill was the hill on today’s Fort Union Boulevard between 23rd East and 27th East. It was named Butler Hill because it led to the Butler Bench, which was the main part of the Butler community.  In the early days the hill looked much different than it does today.  It was a narrow dirt road and the hill was extremely steep.  The first cars were unable to climb the hill, because of its steepness the gasoline couldn’t flow to the carburetors. People would have to drive their cars up the hill in reverse.  In the 1920’s the bottom of the hill was filled in and the top cut down, decreasing the steepness so cars could make it up the hill going forward.

Because the Butler community was so sparsely populated, there was very little traffic.  The hill was ideal for sleigh riding in the winter.  Starting at the top of the hill one could ride all the way to today’s Highland Drive.  Butler Hill was the most popular place in the Salt Lake Valley to sleigh ride.  Church and community groups would organize sleigh-riding parties on Butler Hill.  School children could get at least one “good run” on their lunch hour. For those trying to get home from the valley in the winter, when the roads were snow packed or it was snowing, it was extremely difficult to make it up the hill without chains.  Many times residents would leave their cars at the bottom of the hill and walk home.