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Murray is located in the northern-central part of the state of Utah and a city in Salt Lake County that is the nearby Wasatch Range. The area where the present-day Murray stands were founded by the Mormons and named after the governor Utah territory, Eli H. Murray, in 1847. When the extension of the Union Pacific Railroad passed through the area in 1870, it aided in the development of the site with its flourishing smelting industry for the nearby mining operations and as a regionally significant brickyard. At present, Murray is a suburb of Salt Lake City and is a shipping and trading outlet for the nearby irrigated farm produce that includes sugar beets, potatoes, and alfalfa.