What is "31 Days of Layton"?

Day 1-15

"31 Days of Layton" is my chance to get out and talk to residents, business owners, community leaders and everyone in between.  I want to know what you love about Layton, what your concerns are and all your thoughts on us as a community.  Make sure to subscribe to my blog and like and follow my social media at "We Are Layton" for daily updates. 

If you have someone you would like to nominate for me to talk with, send me a message or email me at tricia@wearelayton.com.  We have 31 days of conversations ahead!

Day 13 "Meet Clover"

 Day 13 ”31 Days of Layton”
Meet Clover (yes, that’s her real name). Clover grew up in Layton and graduated from Layton High. Other than English, Clover speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Clover is also a newlywed. She married Talon back in May. Clover also sells me my puppy food and toys (which I buy a lot of because Pepper destroys every toy she gets). Clover is another great example of why the people of Layton are so amazing!!!! 

Day 12 "Layton F.E.S.T."

Day 12 “31 Days of Layton”
Layton F.E.S.T.
Summer has officially begun. Layton FEST is a summer traditional. The food. The family. The fun.
Don’t miss it every Friday during the summer. Thank you Griselda for allowing me to post your beautiful girls. 

Day 11 "The Ultimate Barking Lot"

 Day 11 “31 Days Of Layton”
The Ultimate Barking Lot
I am so excited for this one. I love what these great folks are doing for our city and for the State of Utah. I have been all over the country and this will be one of a kind.
The Ultimate Barking lot will be an experience where you and your fur baby will want to hang out all the time.
“We provide an experience so amazing that not only will the owners want to leave their pets with us, They will want to stay themselves."
There will be web cams throughout the facility. Also a “Rest area”, which is a 7,000 sq. ft. observation deck, allowing you to see our entire boarding, daycare, and “Route 66” indoor dog park.
With so many many pet owners in Davis County and only a few parks where you can take you dog, the Ultimate Barking Lot is a much needed amenity to our City. My puppy, Pepper, will definitely be going!
Check them out at @thelaytonbarkinglot on Facebook.  

Day 10 "31 Days of Layton"

 Day 10

Today isn’t about a person or a holiday. Today is about how an amazing organization of Veterans came up with the idea and partnered with the City to raise funds to make the Layton City Vietnam Memorial Wall happen. This is truly a Layton City treasure. When I was out taking pictures and reflecting as I sat by the wall, I spoke with several people who stopped by to find an old friend, a loved one or bunk mate. It was emotional and inspiring to hear the stories. Thank you to all who have served, had a loved one serve or is continuing to serve today. 

Day 9 " Conversation with Clint Morris"


Day 9 "Conversation with Clint Morris"

With elections always on Tuesday's,  I thought it would be fun to host our City Council Candidates for a discussion about Layton and our future every Tuesday during "31 Days of Layton".  

(Disclaimer: After editing out my um's, coughs and crazy hand movements, I liked the video better uncut...so please excuse all those aforementioned issues and enjoy my conversation with City Council Candidate Clint Morris)

As Mayor and City Council members, its a duty to the citizenship to be able to work together.  Working together always starts with a conversation, and Clint and I had a good one.  Check out Clint's website at  http://www.clintmorris4layton.us to learn more about Clint and his goals for City Council.


Day 8 "Meet Dawn Fitzpatrick"

Day 8 "31 Days of Layton"
Meet Dawn Fitzpatrick
Dawn and I have known each other for several years n

Day 8 "31 Days of Layton"

Day 8 Meet Dawn Fitzpatrick

Dawn and her family moved to Layton over 33 years ago after her husband took a job in the Ogden area. Dawn loves the small town feel, the mountains and the people of Layton and 15 years ago, Dawn decided it was time to start giving back to her community.  She enjoyed participating in the emergency preparedness activities and that lead her to joining the Planning Commission 9 years ago.  

Dawn and I served together on the planning commission for the past 4 years.  By that time, she already had 5 years on me and was the Planning Commission Chair Person when I came on board. 

Dawn's biggest concerns for our future is growth and development and being able to bring services to all of new residents.  With all this incoming growth, keeping our community safe for our children and grandchildren is of the foremost importance.  

Dawn truly believes that serving your community is important and has been a great example for the people of Layton.  Thank you Dawn for all you service!

Day 7 - Meet Gabby

 Day 7 - "31 Days of Layton"
Meet Gabby.  Gabby graduated from West High and has lived in Layton most of her life.  Gabby is an amazing cosmetologist and works at Pink Sky Blow Dry at Station Park in Farmington...and she does my hair!  Gabby and her family have had an amazing summer of travel, but she loves coming home for Liberty Days,  Layton FEST and all the summer fun family activities Layton and the surrounding area has to offer.  Thanks for being a great neighbor Gabby!

Day 6 "On Pitch Performing Arts"


Day 6 "31 Days of Layton"

Did you know that Layton has it's own live performing arts theater?  On Pitch Performing Arts (OPPA) is a true treasure for our community.  Brandon and Char started OPPA over 4 years ago and moved to their current location in 2017.  With 7-9 shows a year, OPPA offers a local community theater like no other.  To finish out the 2019 season, OPPA will be performing Les Miserables and hosting Newsies at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton.  Not to mentioned the upcoming 2020 season which will be host to 10 top shows.  OPPA also offers group classes for adults and children along with private lessons in voice and piano.  As Layton's only live theater, they offer a 150 seat main theater and a black box theater that seats up to 60.  For more information on shows and classes, visit pwww.onpitchperformingarts.com

      OPPA's Mission Statement:

On Pitch Performing Arts (OPPA!) is Layton’s ONLY Live Theatre.  We are excited to be bringing community theater back to Layton.  We exist to educate, entertain, and inspire children, adults and audiences with theatrical productions that range from musicals, plays, and new works; we train and support the next generation of theater artists; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning; and we celebrate the power of theater to bring together our community.​ 

Why are the Arts so important for Layton?

1. Art improves creativity skills.

2.Art give people joy.

3. Art relieves stress

4. Art tells our story.

5. Art is a shared experience for communities. 

6. Art encourages critical thinking and better communication. 

7. Art bridges the gap between cultures.

8.Art improves our daily lives. 

Day 5 "Smedley & associates


Smedley Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Day 5  (Pictured: Lane Mendenhall, Randy Smedley and Gary Boam)

Layton has some amazing family owned companies.  Smedley was founded in 1942 and moved to it's Layton location in 1975.  Smedley currently has 17 employees along with the 2 owners.   Smedley offers plumbing, heating and air conditioning for residential, multi-family and small to medium size commercial projects and  services areas from Salt Lake City to Idaho and everywhere in between.  In talking with Randy, his biggest concern for the area around their Layton location is the traffic and illegal parking all along West Hill Field Rd.  Understanding that Layton's growth will be happening, his concerns is the hindering of current business and the safety issues that could bring.  Let's work together to keep businesses like Smedley growing into the next generation.  

Learn More at www.Smedleyservice.com

Day 4 - Happy 4th of July

 Day 4 - "31 Days of Layton"
Day 4 is very special. The 4th of July and Liberty Days reminds me of our great community and people we have around us. Our family and friends who we get to share this life with and the freedoms we all share. It is a true pleasure to have to opportunity to run for Mayor of this amazing City we get to call home. Happy 4th of July to you all! Tricia 

Day 3 - Meet Kelsie

Day 3 - 31 Days of Layton

Kelsie and her husband, Brad,  moved to Layton just over a year ago for Brad's job at Hill Air Force Base.  Kelsie graduated from Utah State back in May and hopes to make Layton her forever home.  People like Kelsie help make Layton such a wonderful community and welcoming to all.  We love our Layton neighbors!

Day 2 - Dartside Indoor Dart Tag Arena

Day 2 - 31 Days of Layton

Dartside Indoor Dart Tag Arena

Did you know that Layton had it's own dart tag arena that host foam bow and ax throwing, a survivor tag arena and a Little Kids area?  Dartside has been located in Layton for over 5 years now, with the past 3 in a much larger space in the Layton Hills Mall.  They also host  team building, company parties, birthdays and youth groups just to name a few. 

 Check out the Dartside website http://www.dartsideutah.net/    or visit their YouTube Area Game play YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMJFDDVbep4&feature=youtu.be  or their TikTok channel @dartside.  

Thanks Jeremy for a fun time!

Day 1 - Layton City Heritage Museum

An educational tour of the Layton Heritage Museum with Mr. Bob Sanders. 

Layton Hertiage Museum

This past week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Bob Sanders of the Layton Heritage Museum.  Mr. Sanders started working at the museum in 1998 and has led the museums growth ever since. Appointed to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Mr. Sanders has a long history of education our community and civic groups on the value of history and how we as a city can learn from it.  The museum has two galleries devoted to the founding of Layton City and a central gallery allowing for rotating exhibits.  Did you know the Heritage Museum has hosted 3 exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute?   I didn’t either!  The first was titled “Fences” and showed the history of building fences and the impact on society.  The second, titled “Turnings” highlighted the revolution in lathed wood objects such as vases and household items.  The third exhibit was hosted during the 2002 Utah Olympics and focused on the life and death of President Abraham Lincoln.  Its exciting to know that our local community museum has such strong partners at the Utah Humanities and is part of the “Museum on Main Street” program.  

When asked what moment in time changed our small part of Utah, Mr. Sanders noted the Bamberger Railroad in 1891 that ran from Salt Lake City to Ogden.  This railroad allowed people to work, marry and travel outside of their homestead and help Utah to grow into the industrial age.  

What has been Layton’s biggest strength?

Mr. Sanders: Layton’s investment in industry and jobs.  

Museum History

Back in 1972 a group of concerned citizens decided to build a Layton museum. They formed a museum non-profit 501c3 corporation, raised money for a museum building, selected an ideal museum location, gathered artifacts, built a museum building with private donations; and then once the museum building was completed and paid for donated the building and the artifact collection to Layton City as a permanent home for the cultural heritage items of Layton’s history. The museum was opened to the general public in August of 1980, and for over thirty years the museum has been visited by thousands and thousands of old and new citizens. Over time, the museum’s heritage collection has grown to include 2,470 artifact objects; 3,770 historical photographs; and 2,900 archival documents and 299 books.

The History of Layton

The City of Layton began in 1850 as an agricultural extension to the settlement that later was incorporated as Kaysville, Utah. The original boundaries of what was called Kays Ward extended from Haight’s Creek on the south to the Weber County line and the Weber River in the north, and from the Wasatch Mountains on the east to the shores of the Great Salt Lake on the west. Although the settlers of Kays Ward eventually laid out streets and established a typical town plan and city center in 1854, the area that is now Layton remained rural, unorganized and unplanned during this early period.

The first three white settlers of what is now the City of Layton were Edward Phillips, John Hyrum Green, and William Kay. These Mormon pioneers first established farms in April of 1850 along the banks of a stream that later became know as Kays Creek. Edward Phillips and John Green arrived a day earlier than William Kay, but when an LDS Church ward was established in January of 1851, William Kays was called to be the LDS bishop. Consequently, the fledgling settlement was called Kays Ward after Bishop Kay. However, in 1856 William Kay left the area to colonize in Nevada Territory so the name of the settlement was changed to Freedom. The settlement was known as Freedom from about 1858 until 1863 when the name Kaysville came into widespread use.

Within a year of the first settlers planting crops and building cabins, there were almost 300 people living along the banks of three local streams—Kays Creek, Holmes Creek, and Haight’s Creek. The majority of these families were from England or were New Englanders of English descent. Among them were several families that were related or were from the same or nearby English towns and cities. Later LDS immigrants from England tended to settle in Kays Ward too, making the settlement an ethnically as well as religiously cohesive community. Most of the early immigrants were of the working class, but only a handful were farm laborers in their native land. Consequently, the skills of farming in a semi-arid desert environment were learned from firsthand experience.

Following the building of a wagon road between Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, several mercantile and trade establishments were founded along what is now known as Layton’s Main Street. Also, in the late 1860’s the Utah Central Railway was built with tracks running parallel to Main Street so several businessmen opened workshops (blacksmiths, shoemakers, tanners, harness makers, weavers) or became tradesmen (carpenters, rock masons, sawyers). Other settlers built flourmills, made adobe bricks, or were innkeepers. With time, the small business district came to be called Kays Creek—as a suburb of Kaysville three miles to the south.

Kays Creek and Holmes Creek were the main streams capable of supplying enough water for irrigation. Roads running east and west soon skirted the sides of these creeks. Holmes Creek, according to several histories, was called “Fiddler’s Creek” for a time because three early pioneers who lived along the stream played the fiddle for early community dances and parties. Also, several families settled north and east of Kays Creek. This area became known as “Little Scotland” because these settlers were of Scottish ancestry while most of the other Kays Creek settlers were English or American.

Because Layton was an outgrowth of Kaysville, the settlers did not build their homes around a city block plan or a central fort. When fort districts were established in 1854 and 1855, for protection, the people living along Kays Creek contributed money and labor to the building of the Kays Ward fort. However, these settlers never lived in the Kays Ward fort area but built their own stockade that was called “Little Fort.” This structure was built on the east side of Kays Creek, south of what is now known as Fort Lane Street.

The earliest mercantile businesses in Layton for which there are records were the Burton, Herrick and White Company, Barton and Company, Adams and Son's Company, the Kaysville Farmer’s Union (later to become the Farmer’s Union of Layton), the William A. Hyde store, the A. H. Ellis Mercantile store, and the Layton Golden Rule. With time, these establishments became the nucleus of Layton’s commercial endeavors and their activities eventually led to a movement to make Kays Creek a separate and distinct town.

In 1886, with the establishment of a Post Office, the area that was previously known as Kays Creek became Layton. The name Layton was given to the community in honor of Christopher Layton an early LDS bishop and property owner along Kays Creek.

In 1907, the people living in Layton officially separated from Kaysville and a new town was born.

The following is a chronology of important events in the town’s history:

1869-70 Utah Central Railroad connects Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah

1881 Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company organized—bringing water to hundreds of farms

1882 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad extends through the Layton/Kaysville area

1886 Layton Post Office established

1891-1952 Bamberger Interurban Railway operates between Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah

1902 Layton Elementary School opens

1903 Telephones appear in Layton, Woods Cross Canning Company factory opens

1905-06 First National Bank of Layton opens; Severe east wind storm destroys many Layton buildings

1915 Layton Sugar Company factory built and operations begin

1920 Layton incorporates as a town

1936-1984 East Layton town is incorporated and then annexed back into Layton

1937-1957 Laytona incorporated and then annexed back into Layton

1940 Ground is broken for Hill Air Force Base

1941 Layton’s first subdivisions—Hill Villa, Skyline and Ellison are started

1943 Verdeland Park housing complex built to support Hill Air Force Base during World War II

1948 St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church dedicated

1949 Layton become a third class city

1954 Central Davis Junior High School opens

1957 Layton City purchases Verdeland Park property from Federal Government

1963 Fort Lane Shopping Center opens, Layton Sugar Factory has its last run

1964 I-15 nears completion, Verdeland Park dismantled and Layton Commons Park takes its place

1965 Layton High School opens

1969 North Layton Junior High opens

1978 North Davis Hospital opens

1979 Layton Pioneer Museum dedicated, name later changed to Heritage Museum of Layton, museum opens its doors in 1980

1980 Layton Hills Mall opens

1988 Layton Branch of the Davis County Public Library opens

1989 Layton City builds new city municipal building and complex

1992 Northridge High School opens

1995 New St. Rose of Lima church dedicated, Ed Kenley Amphitheater opens

A comprehensive history of Layton entitled: Layton, Utah, published by Kaysville/Layton Historical society is available to the Heritage Museum. The cost is $25.

Day 14 "Northern Utah Princess Parties"

 Day 14 “31 Days Of Layton”
When you book a party with Northern Utah Princess Parties, you book a truly one-of-a-kind experience. From their personalized packages down to the tiny details in the custom, house-made costumes and couture theme park quality wigs, they are a truly unique company. Rebecca Smith, the founder of Northern Utah Princess Parties, has a mission to “inspire young minds to create and embrace their own hidden magic. To instill belief in the world's potential to be anything they can imagine”.
Their characters include Cinderella, the Snow Queen, the Beauty Princess and even Spider Hero and American Hero and many, many more. I even had a blast meeting Ursula and Ariel.
Check out www.northernUTprincesses.com 

Day 15 "Conversation with Chris Crowder"

 Day 14 “31 Days Of Layton”
When you book a party with Northern Utah Princess Parties, you book a truly one-of-a-kind experience. From their personalized packages down to the tiny details in the custom, house-made costumes and couture theme park quality wigs, they are a truly unique company. Rebecca Smith, the founder of Northern Utah Princess Parties, has a mission to “inspire young minds to create and embrace their own hidden magic. To instill belief in the world's potential to be anything they can imagine”.
Their characters include Cinderella, the Snow Queen, the Beauty Princess and even Spider Hero and American Hero and many, many more. I even had a blast meeting Ursula and Ariel.
Check out www.northernUTprincesses.com