Elk Ridge is an interesting town in southern Utah County with an interesting history.
The city was originally incorporated as a town on Dec. 22, 1976 under the name of Salem Hills and then as a city on Nov. 3, 2000.
The area of Elk Ridge was once home to an 1800-acre ranch named Goosenest Ranch, according to Elk Ridge City. The ranch originally started as a 160-acre homestead by early settlers James and Mary Shuler. After Mary Shuler’s death in 1936, their son Dave Shuler bought out his siblings’ shares of the homestead and later purchased land around it to create the 1800-acre ranch.
In 1965, the Goosenest Ranch was divided among five siblings after the death of then-owner Dave Shuler, according to a history from the City of Elk Ridge. One of those sections was designed as the county subdivision or Salem Hills. However, the name was changed to Elk Ridge on June 15, 1978 when town residents voted for the change because of confusion between Salem Hills and the nearby city of Salem.
Today, the city is home to more than 4,000 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Take a visual look at what Elk Ridge looked like in the past.