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Roy
City in Utah
Roy is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States, along Interstate 15. The population was 36,884 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ogden−Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wikipedia
Population: 37,733 (2013)



History

Roy was settled in 1873 by William Evans Baker, twenty-five years after Ogden. Most of the surrounding communities had been settled prior to that time. On May 24, 1894, a post office was established. Previously known as Central City, Sandridge, the Basin, and Lakeview - Roy was ultimately named for a local school teacher's child, Roy C. Peebles, who had died. The City of Roy was incorporated on March 10, 1937. O. Dean Parker, owner of Parker's Market, was the first elected Mayor of the newly incorporated city although Joseph Jensen had earlier been President of the Town Council. (this is incorrect - Joseph William Jensen was the first elected Mayor of Roy)

Businesses in Roy were limited until the early 1940s. A gas station, a couple of grocery stores, a cafe, and a lumber yard made up the modest business district. However, Roy developed rapidly during World War II. Roy housed many of the workers and personnel from adjacent military installations, including Hill Air Force Base, the Navy Supply Depot (now the Freeport Center), and the Defense Supply Depot.

September 1953 marked a milestone in Roy's history—Roy received a charter to establish the first branch bank in the state of Utah. This branch of the Bank of Utah pioneered the way for other banks to establish branches throughout the state. Norton Parker, son of Mayor Dean Parker, was the first Manager of this new branch bank.

Today, Roy has many types of businesses and services. Roy was designated as "Weber County's Fastest Growing City," with a population of 24,603 in 1990 and 36,884 in 2010 census. There are sewer, gas, and electrical systems and three water systems: a canal, a culinary water system, and a secondary water system. A large museum containing Roy memorabilia was built in 1993.