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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:

Butler Hill (the hill on Ft. Union Boulevard, between 23rd and 27th East) was well known in early days of the area as a “good sleigh riding hill.”  What other thing was it known for?


The following humorous article appeared in the June 29, 1939, edition of the “Murray Eagle.”

“There are horse races, boat races, automobile races.  Perhaps the most interesting of all the races is the human race.

“Rumor has it that a certain Mr. A. has mistaken himself for an aviator and that he is trying to make his automobile do the things that only an airplane can do.

“Frequently, Mr. A., in some kind of frenzied desire for excitement has driven his car down Butlerville Hill in a “power dive.”  It seems that this V-8 pilot wants to see how fast he can make his car travel downhill.  It is reported that he has attained speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour in this manner.

“Mr. A. seems to have no thought of breaking the law which he does every time he “power dives.”  Also it is quite obvious that he has no concern over his physical welfare.  It is only a matter of time when this thirst for speed will undo Mr. A.

“For his own sake we suggest that he try parachute jumping or something like that which might be sufficiently stimulating to lessen his insane craving for speed.”