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Payson Utah Facts: Statistics and Facts

The population of Payson is approximately 19,154 (2015). The approximate number of families is 2,659 (1990). The amount of land area in Payson is 14.637 sq. kilometers. The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers. Payson is positioned 40.03 degrees north of the equator and 111.72 degrees west of the prime meridian. Payson elevation is 4,648 feet above sea level.

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Payson Utah Facts: Weather

The climate for Payson is Moderate. There are approximately 10 to 20 inches of snow each year with much more in the mountain areas. Payson average annual rainfall is 16 inches per year Payson average temperature is (January) 21 (July) 83 degrees F.


Payson Utah Facts: History of Payson Utah

The city was named for James Pace and founded in 1850 on the banks of Peteetneet Creek. The first spelling was Pacen, but that was changed when the community was incorporated to Payson. Peteetneet was also an early name for the area after a local Indian Chief, Peteetneet,  and his people. The downtown business area has been renovated with a turn of the century motif. Payson is the gateway to many surrounding outdoor recreational areas. The founding of Payson: October, 1850 The incorporation date of Payson: 21 January 1853

The Latter-day Saints first settled in Payson in 1850.  The Payson Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff in 1872. In 1873 a high school was established in Payson, the first such institution in Utah south of Salt Lake City. It closed down in 1876 due to the rise of Brigham Young Academy.  An opera house was built in Payson in 1883.  In the late 1800s, a factory making horse collars operated in Payson.

When the Strawberry Valley Reclamation Project was completed in 1912, the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company decided to place a sugar beet processing factory in the area.  The plant was completed in October 1913. By 1915, the biggest year for the factory, 5,014 acres (20.29 km2) were planted, yielding 36,915 tons of sugar beets, which were processed into 7722 tons of sugar. Due to low yields, the plant was closed in 1926 and dismantled in 1940; harvests were processed in the Utah-Idaho Sugar factories in lehi and Spanish Fork. 


Payson Utah Facts: Attractions

Mount Nebo Scenic Loop Call (801) 785-3563 for information. The road reaches elevations of 8,000 fet and beautiful vistas. Four campgrounds are on the trail. The road is open May through October. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers are allowed use of the area during the winter. 75th Annual Payson Golden Onion Days. Call (801) 465-0533 for more information. Fireworks, flower and art shows and lots of other fun activities.

Payson is famous for its annual Scottish Festival held each year during the 2nd weekend in July. Featured are Scottish games, contests, competitions in dance and on the pipes, vendors, Scottish food and entertainment. It is one of the best celebrations in Payson.

The Ute Indian Chief, "BlackHawk," is buried at the BlackHawk Memorial Park 2 miles south of Payson. He was a key figure in Utah's BLACKHAWK WAR of 1865-1872. His bones were dug up by miners in 1917 and he was on display at the LDS CHURCH HISTORY MUSEUM IN Salt Lake City until 1997 when he was re-buried in the land of his fathers - the land he protected and loved! REST IN PEACE.


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