Area: 6,923 square
miles; population: 26,601 (in 1990); county seat: Tooele City; origin
of county name: probably from tule, a Spanish word of Aztec origin,
meaning bulrush, a marsh plant; principal cities/towns: Tooele City
(13,887), Grantsville (4,500), Wendover (1,122); economy: defense, transportation,
communications, trade, services; points of interest: Bonneville Speedway, Deseret Peak Wilderness Area, Ophir Town Hall, Grantsville First Ward,
Old Pony Express and Stage Route, Iosepa Cemetery, Great Salt Lake.
is Basin and Range country. Most of its towns lie in a broad valley
between the mineral-rich Oquirrh Mountains on the eastern border and
the Onaqui and Stansbury mountains to the west. The Great Salt Lake
Desert covers most of western Tooele County, except the southwest corner
where the Deep Creek Mountains rise.
Prehistoric Indian sites have been discovered in the county, but it is the Goshutes, a
branch of the Western Shoshone, who claim this harsh environment as
their ancestral homeland. Their ingenious use of the limited plant and
animal resources of the area amazed the first white travelers. The Goshutes
currently have a reservation in Skull Valley.