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Planning » The township aims to return the historic street to its former glory.

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In addition, the group is putting together a list of county departments and services. A common complaint is that residents cannot locate a number of county services.

That’s not surprising, given that Magna is the farthest away from county headquarters, about 18 miles.

At a glance

Where to go in Magna

Places to visit:

Ethnic and Mining Museum » Showcases artifacts from the mining industry; 9056 W. Main St. (2700 South)

Library » Among first Salt Lake County branches, new building opened in May 2011; 8339 W. 3500 South

Empress Theater » Originally opened in 1916 as a burlesque show for miners; 9104 W. Main St. (2700 South)

Great Saltair » Concert venue; hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, 8 p.m. May 23; 12408 W. Saltair Drive

Veterans Memorial » World War I, Korean War and Vietnam, intersection of 2700 South and 8400 West

Monument » Commemorate first communities established west side of Salt Lake Valley; 4100 S. 8400 West

Magna movies in the park

Free movies begin at sundown:

June 15 » “The Muppets,” Pleasant Green Park

June 20 » “Real Steel,” Pleasant Green Park

July 6 » “Captain America,” Copper Park

July 22 » “Hugo,” Pleasant Green Park

August 3-4 » “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Pleasant Green Park

August 10 » “Puss in Boots,” Pleasant Green Park

August 24 » “Zookeeper,” Copper Park

Where » Pleasant Green Park, 3250 S. 8400 West; Copper Park, 8950 W. 2600 South

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"Magna is an example of how you can preserve that small-town feel in the midst of a major metropolitan region," said County Mayor Ben McAdams. "I created the position of Township Executive for just this purpose—to support areas within the county, such as Magna, as they implement their unique vision for a safe, healthy, economically vibrant place for families to live, work and play."

Tracy Tran, co-chairwoman of the implementation committee, said residents are keenly aware — and proud — of their history. "People have lived here for generations," she said. "That’s why Main Street is important. It helps them hold onto their memories."

That history is showcased in monuments, and it’s on display in the Magna Ethnic and Mining Museum, on Main Street at 9056 West.

For years, Magna was unofficially dubbed Ragtown because the town was built up from the tailings from the mines, according to the town’s website.

The town’s past also is reflected in the name of its park, Pleasant Green, after the community’s original name. Movies are shown here and at Copper Park, another historical reminder. The movies are free and begin at sundown, starting June 15.


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