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2014 Featured Exhibit

"Kay's Ward Revisited"

Today we owe a lot to the first pioneers who established homes, farms, and businesses in what are now the cities of Layton and Kaysville.

The museum’s current exhibit entitled “Kay’s Ward Revisited” traces the lives of the first singles and families who were counted on the U.S. Census of 1850/51. Some of these pioneers only stayed in the area for a few years and then moved to other locations in the West. However, the majority lived in Davis County for the remainder of their lives. These first permanent residents are now represented by hundreds of descendants who call Layton and Kaysville home.

The accomplishments of these first settlers were many. They established beautiful homes and productive farms; they built dams and dug canals and ditches to channel the water from Holmes and Kay’s creeks onto the fertile land; they laid out lanes and roadways that are today major travel arteries; they established cottage industry trades that eventually mushroomed into mercantile institutions of many kinds; and they welcomed people from many lands and races and formed religious congregations that are still meeting today.

The first census listed twenty-eight families, sixteen single individuals and a total populations of one hundred seventy-two people. The oldest pioneer was seventy-eight—a native of England and the youngest (three children) were just three months old—all having been born in Utah Territory before settling in Kay’s Ward.

This new museum display will be up until September of 2014.

The museum hours are: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 p.m.

A display of historical models helps to tell the story of how the first pioneers got to Layton.

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