U.S. 50 Near Holden, Utah (5)
Holden is a town in Millard County, Utah, United States. The population was 400 at the 2000 census. Holden was settled in 1855 by a group of ten families sent out by the LDS bishop of Fillmore. It was named for Elijah E. Holden, a member of the Mormon Battalion who was one of the first settlers of Holden and died while caught in a snowstorm in 1858.
The traditional economy has been agriculture. Before the freeway bypassed the town, there were five gas stations, a grocery store, cafe, a swimming pool, an open air dance hall, and a show house. Those businesses are now gone. Now there is a dental office with two dentists, a UPS transfer station where packages are delivered throughout Millard County, a nursery, three beauticians, a realty business and several home business featuring craft items. Cattle, alfalfa hay and corn are the main agriculture products. Most of the farms are located outside of the city limits, but owned and operated by farmers and ranchers that live in Holden.
The other people in town must drive to other areas where they teach school, work for the county, state, or the federal government. Some of the other employers in the area are Intermountain Community Hospital, Intermountain Power Project (IPP), Brush Wellman, Sunrise Engineering, and the Kern River Gas Transmission.