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.
NOVEMBER HISTORICAL QUESTION
While the Great Plains were experiencing the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, farmers in Utah were also suffering from a drought. Utah officials realized that drastic actions were needed and thus began planning for additional water to be conducted to the Salt Lake Valley. What project, which passed through our city, brought water to our valley, and in what year?
The Salt Lake Aqueduct (SLA) is a 42-mile-long aqueduct which carries water from Deer Creek Reservoir to a storage reservoir in Salt Lake City, located at 3500 S. Wasatch Blvd. Water travels by gravity through the entire length of the pipe. The aqueduct consists of 20-foot-long sections of 69-inch inside diameter reinforced concrete pipe, weighing 41,300 lbs. each. Construction of the aqueduct began in 1940 and was completed in 1951. The pipe was so large that during the off hours of construction, area children ran through the pipes standing upright without having to bend down.
This aqueduct runs along the hillside east of Danish Road on the south end of the city across to the mountainside below Wasatch Boulevard at the north end of the city.