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The Heritage Museum of Layton

Layton, Utah


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I have been going to Layton and the Salt Lake City area for over 15 years and have Heritage Museum of Layton loved each visit. I finally took the time to visit this local museum that tells the history of Layton. Loved my visit and I will return to the museum hopefully during my next visit.

Back in 1972 a group of concerned citizens decided to build a Layton museum. They formed a museum non-profit 501c3 corporation, raised money for a museum building, selected an ideal museum location, gathered artifacts, built a museum building with private donations; and then once the museum building was completed and paid for donated the building and the artifact collection to Layton City as a permanent home for the cultural heritage items of Layton's history.

The museum was opened to the general public in August of 1980, and for over thirty years the museum has been visited by thousands and thousands of old and new Heritage Museum of Layton citizens. Over time, the museum's heritage collection has grown to include 2,470 artifact objects; 3,770 historical photographs; and 2,900 archival documents and 299 books.

History of Layton

The City of Layton began in 1850 as an agricultural extension to the settlement that later was incorporated as Kaysville, Utah. The original boundaries of what was called Kays Ward extended from Haight's Creek on the south to the Weber County line and the Weber River in the north, and from the Wasatch Mountains on the east to the shores of the Great Salt Lake on the west. Although the settlers of Kays Ward eventually laid out streets and established a typical town plan and city center in 1854, the area that is now Layton remained rural, unorganized and unplanned during this early period.
Heritage Museum of Layton
The first three white settlers of what is now the City of Layton were Edward Phillips, John Hyrum Green, and William Kay. These Mormon pioneers first established farms in April of 1850 along the banks of a stream that later became known as Kays Creek. Edward Phillips and John Green arrived a day earlier than William Kay, but when an LDS Church ward was established in January of 1851, William Kays was called to be the LDS bishop. Consequently, the fledgling settlement was called Kays Ward after Bishop Kay. However, in 1856 William Kay left the area to colonize in Nevada Territory so the name of the settlement was changed to Freedom. The settlement was known as Freedom from about 1858 until 1863 when the name Kaysville came into widespread use.

The town's population increased slowly; up until 1940 it was about 600. The creation of Hill Air Force Base to the north in 1940, followed shortly by the United States' entry into World War II, changed the face of Layton forever. The population exploded as war workers streamed into the area; the 1950 census counted 3,456 people. Layton became a city, transformed from a farming town to a residential community. Growth slowed after the war, but Layton continued to develop as a suburban bedroom community, those not employed at the Air Force base commuting to the Salt Lake City or Ogden areas. The city continued to expand geographically, annexing surrounding Heritage Museum of Laytonparcels of land, including the adjacent town of Laytona and city of East Layton. In 1985, Layton passed Bountiful to become the most populous city in Davis County.


Tue - Fri 11am to 6pm
Sat 1 - 5pm
Closed Sun, Mon, and Holidays
(Admission is free)

Heritage Museum of Layton
403 North Wasatch Drive
Layton, Utah 84041

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