The most lonely outpost in Salt Lake County is Farnsworth Peak.
Situated in the Oquirrh Mountains, west of Salt Lake City, this 9,054-foot peak is perhaps the most important peak in Utah and yet also perhaps the hardest to reach, because of locked gates and private land issues.
Farnsworth Peak houses the transmitters for several TV stations and a fleet of FM radio stations.
It is manned year-round, 24/7 to ensure all equipment operates properly.
Indeed, it is entertainment/news central for the Wasatch Front.
A steep, windy, 12-mile dirt road provides access to the peak and it crosses private land, owned by Kennecott.
The public at large is not permitted there. Authorized visitors are allowed, but otherwise there's no hunting, driving, hiking or biking. Two locked gates regulate access.
"Oquirrh" is a Goshute Indian word, and one of its meanings is said to be "shining mountain" - a definition that has come to be quite appropriate in modern times: Several of the peaks bristle with shiny metal towers. All of Utah's major television station transmitters and many of its FM radio broadcast antennas sit atop the Oquirrh peaks, high above the valley floors in locations just about ideal for beaming signals along the populous Wasatch Front.
Farnsworth Peak was originally known as Coon Peak, in honor of Abraham Coon, a Mormon pioneer who arrived in Utah in 1850. He was a farmer, stock raiser and cooper who also served as the Salt Lake County road supervisor for eight years. Coon died in Salt Lake City in 1886.