Peterson, Utah

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Quick History

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Settled in 1855, Peterson was first known as "Weber City" and was designated the county seat in 1862. Charles Shreeve Peterson [1] was appointed the first probate judge and the name of the community was changed to Peterson in 1872. [2]

With the elevation of 9,707, Thurston Peak is the highest peak in the county. In 1861 the first public building was built. This multitask building served as a school, church and handled official county business.

About 1869 the Peterson General Store was built which housed the post office. A railroad station, the Dexter Hotel and park served as a focal points for the community.

Peterson had a passenger railroad station and stockyard located along the railroad tracks. A major attraction for many years was the Dexter Hotel and Park where many community activities were held.
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Neighboring Communities

Croydon | Morgan | Mountain Green | Richville | Stoddard | Monte Verde

City Hall




Peterson Cemetery
Morgan, UT
4000 N 4200 W
Morgan, UT 84050




Historical Newspapers

One major resource for newspapers throughout Utah is the University of Utah's Utah Digital Newspapers project "with more than 600,000 pages of digitized Utah historical newspapers." Four newspapers from Weber County are included in this digital project, the Ogden Standard-Examiner predecessors, the Ogden Junction, Ogden Herald, and the Ogden Standard. Read more... about using Utah newspapers for your family history research. 


  • Peterson School 1918-1936 [5]

Societies, Museums and Libraries

Ogden Pioneer Museum.jpg
  • Stewart Library ~ Weber State University
    3750 Harrison Blvd.
    Ogden, Utah

Vital Records



  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records. Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed. A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence. For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.
  • Social Security Death Index, begins about 1962 to at least 2 months ago.


Sources and Footnotes

  1. Charles Sreeve Peterson temple books FHL 1598336 film
  2. The Settlements of Morgan County
  3. FHL 979.2 A1
  4. FHL 180494 FHL Book 979.2 D3e <br> Vol. 1 part 1 FamilySearch Books Online<br>Vol. 1 part 2 FamilySearch Books Online
  5. FHL 979.226/P1 J2p