Elk Ridge City was originally built on the 1800 acre Goosenest Ranch, nestled against Mt. Loafer in the South end of Utah County. James Fayette Shuler homesteaded the ranch. Eventually, one of the heirs sold his land to Jim Winterton, who, with one of his sons, Keith, developed the subdivision they called Salem Hills.
In 1970, a dirt road was installed that led to condominiums, where folks lived until their homes were built. The first home was completed in 1973 and a Homeowners Association was formed.
Three wells serviced the initial development.
When the population reached 100 residents, the County rules dictated that incorporation was required. On December 22, 1976, Salem Hills Town was incorporated. In 1978, the name was changed to Elk Ridge Town, so named because of the herds of elk that populated the fields and meadows.
In 1989-1990, there were only about 157 homes, with a population of 771. Growth picked up with the opening of Payson's Gladstan Golf Course just west of Elk Ridge.
Growth has brought more wells, more tanks, and more residents.
In the year 2000, Elk Ridge became a Fifth Class City. Though the population has grown to approximately 2,100 and over 500 homes in 2005, the "small town atmosphere" has been maintained. The elk do not come down as often, but the deer are regular visitors.
Elk Ridge is known best for the beautiful mountains surrounding it and its spectacular view of Utah County, which residents believe is the best in the County because it is not obscured by pollution.
Edited by Jan H. Davis