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Herriman is located in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley at the base of the eastern slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains. The total area is 9.7 square miles or approximately 6.216 acres.

The 1990 Census showed the population from 1940 grew from 160 to 885. The town retains a historical character with several historic homes and buildings. A new draft master plan for the area recommends that the community preserve its heritage and rural atmosphere.

Origin of city's name

The town was first called Butterfield for Thomas Butterfield who settled there in 1849. Shortly after 1859 Butterfield was renamed Herriman for Henry Herriman, a prominent resident.

Did you know?

In 1853, Brigham Young felt the Herriman settlers needed more people to strengthen the community and provide protection for those living in the area. Orders were given by Brigham Young to protect the outlying settlements by constructing a fort. Twenty families relocated to the area supplying adequate numbers to build and successfully establish a town. The fort, started in 1855, was estimated to take about one acre and was built of mud, grass, hay, straw and gravel.

Incorporation vote

At least one vote that was unsuccessful.


1 informal diamond

1 2-acre park




Two black locust trees, believed to have been planted at the west entrance of the old fort, and a marker on Pioneer Road; marker near church that commemorates former pioneer rock church; fire station; old auditorium; a monument honoring James and Robert Dansie at the pioneer cemetery, Dansie Home and a dozen other pioneer rock homes; and Herriman Merc.

Community/neighborhood associations

Herriman Community Council, meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Herriman fire station.

Sources: Herriman Community Council, State Data Center, U.S. Census Bureau, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation and Public Works Department, "Utah Place Names" by John W. Van Cott.