Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains thirteen miles (19 km) south of Salt Lake City, Sandy was a likely area for early settlement. The area was first used by nomadic bands of Paiute, Shoshone, and Bannock Indians who roamed along the base of the mountains as they travelled from their winter home at Utah Lake to their summer fishing grounds at Bear Lake.

Permanent settlers first moved into Sandy during the 1860s and 1870s because of the availability of land in the less crowded southern end of the Salt Lake Valley. The original plat was essentially one square mile, situated on an alluvial terrace running north and south along the eastern edge of the Jordan River drainage system and paralleling the mountain range.

The origin of its name has not been established with any certainty. Perhaps most widely believed is that Brigham Young named Sandy for its thirsty soil, but there is no historical evidence for this. Another theory is that the name came from a legendary and colorful Scotsman, Alexander "Sandy" Kinghorn, the engineer who ran the first train line to this end of the Salt Lake Valley. Though this seems bolstered by the original name (Sandy Station or Sandy's Station), historians consider it unlikely in view of the short period between the start of the train service and the first instances of the name.
In 1863, there were only four homes between Union (7200 South) and Dunyon (Point of the Mountain): the Thayne homestead at 6600 South and 800 East, one in Crescent, one at Dunyon, and a fourth outside present-day Sandy boundaries altogether. Within a few years, Thomas All sop, a Yorkshire farmer who had immigrated to Utah in 1853, owned almost half of present-day Sandy from County Road to Fourth East along Alta Road to Lindell Parkway. LeGrand Young owned the land between Fourth East and State Street.


Sandy Subdivisions:

Alta Approach
Ashley Park
Autumn Ridge
Bell Canyon
Belmont Heights
Bluff at Hidden Valley
Crescent Hollow
Cameo Park
Clear Creek
Cottonwood Hills Condos
Creek Road
Crescent Heights
Danish Estates
Deer Hollow
East Ridge
Enchanted Cove
Farley's Acres
Glacio Park
Granite Crest
Granite Oaks
Hidden Oaks
Hidden Valley
High Point
Jefferson Place
Lost Canyon
Majestic Canyon
Peruvian Park
Pioneer Crossing
Quarry Bend
River Oaks
Rockhampton Estates
Sandy Villas
Scandia Village
Seven Springs
Silver SageSki Haven
Tall Pine
White City
White Sands
Willow Creek

Schools in Sandy:

Sandy Elementary School
East Sandy Elementary School
Jordan High School
Alta View Elementary School
Union Middle School
Oakdale Elementary School
Crescent Elementary School
Mount Jordan Middle School
Beehive Science and Technology Academy
Eastmont Middle School
Alta High School
Lone Peak Elementary School
Albion Middle School
Sunrise Elementary School
Edgemont Elementary School
Altara Elementary School
Peruvian Park Elementary School
Waterford School
Canyons School District Administration Building
Sprucewood Elementary School

Restaurant in Sandy:

Royal India
La Caille
Makanmakan Asian Streat Food Fare
Village Baker
Tin Roof Grill
Joy Luck Restaurant
Simply Thai
Blue Lemon | Sandy
Pot Stickers Plus 1
Sandy Black Bear Diner
Los Garcia
Bhutan House Restaurant
CoreLife Eatery
Zao Asian Cafe
La Costa Restaurant
Everest Curry Kitchen
Britton's Restaurant

Attractions in Sandy:

Enigma Escape Experience
Sego Lily Gardens
Storm Mountain Park
Main Street Park
Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir
Classic Fun Center
South Towne Promenade
Sandy City Dog Park
Lone Peak Park
Big Bear Park
Sandy Museum
Bell Canyon Boulders Trailhead
Flat Iron Mesa Park
Le Jardin

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