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Marion is a census-designated place in Summit County, Utah, United States. The population was 685, according to the 2010 census.

The Myrick House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Myrick House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location in Summit County and the state of Utah
Location in Summit County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°40′53″N 111°16′58″W / 40.68139°N 111.28278°W / 40.68139; -111.28278Coordinates: 40°40′53″N 111°16′58″W / 40.68139°N 111.28278°W / 40.68139; -111.28278
CountryUnited States
Founded byWilliam Morrell
 • Total5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 • Land5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation6,443 ft (1,964 m)
 • Total685
 • Density120/sq mi (46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)435
GNIS feature ID2584771[2]



Marion is a small farming community located about 40 miles (64 km) east of Salt Lake City and 18 miles (29 km) east of Park City in the upper Kamas Valley, part of the Wasatch Back region of Utah. Lying 2 miles (3.2 km) due north of the city of Kamas on Utah State Route 32,[4] Marion has always been closely associated with Kamas. Approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north, across the Weber River, is the city of Oakley.


The area that is now Marion was used in the 1860s by rancher Samuel P. Hoyt, whose 600–700 head of cattle grazed over most of Marion's land.[5] The settlement itself was founded in the mid-1870s and was[6] originally named "Morrell" after William Morrell, who built the first house. A large portion of the early settlers were Danish American immigrants, and the community was also often called "Denmark".[5]

The name Marion has been credited to two different sources: Francis Marion Lyman, who, as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, organized the first ward in the area in 1909,[5] and Marion Myrick Sorensen, who settled here with her first husband in 1882.[7] The Marion precinct first appeared under that name in the 1900 census.[8]

Marion made news in 1979 when resident and polygamist homeschooler John Singer was killed while resisting arrest. The community garnered further publicity in 1988 when Singer's son-in-law, Addam Swapp, bombed the LDS stake center in Marion and was arrested after a 13-day standoff with state and federal law enforcement.[9]


Census Pop.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[8]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 685 people residing in the CDP. There were 226 housing units. The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.4% White, 1.0% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.8% from some other race, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.


The main economic activity in Marion has traditionally been farming. There are a few other businesses, including a small co-op store and a snowmobile dealership.


Marion has no schools of its own. Schools in Kamas, belonging to the South Summit School District, serve school-age children.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer File for Places: Utah". Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Marion
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  4. ^ John W. Van Cott (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. p. 244. ISBN 0-87480-345-4.
  5. ^ a b c David Hampshire; Martha Sonntag Bradley; Allen Roberts (January 1998). A History of Summit County (PDF). Utah Centennial County History Series. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society. p. 82. ISBN 0-913738-46-8. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Hampshire, p.31.
  7. ^ Robert D. Myrick (June 4, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: William and Martha Myrick House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  9. ^ Les Langford. "Return to Marion". History of the Utah Highway Patrol. Utah Department of Public Safety. Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Board Member Precincts Realigned". South Summit School District. March 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Marion, Utah at Wikimedia Commons