Woodruff Stake House, an old LDS administration building
now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Woodruff was settled in 1875 by a group of Mormon pioneers led by Wilford Woodruff. I don't think they realized they were setting up shop in what is probably the coldest inhabitable place in Utah but they probably found out soon enough. In February 1899, Woodruff set the record low temperature for Utah at -50°F, a record that still stands. The town sees an average 57 frost-free days per year, which makes agricultural pursuits kinda hard but that's what most folks in Woodruff still do for a living.
Wilford Woodruff is credited with being one of the first professional fly fishermen in Utah.
The main road through Woodruff is State Route 16. State Route 39 goes west out of Woodruff and up into the Wasatch Mountains, leading past places like Powder Mountain Resort and Wolf Mountain Ski Resort to Huntsville but the road is closed by heavy snowfall from November into April every year.
Fast Facts about Woodruff, Utah
Settled: 1875; Incorporated: 1933
High School or Higher: 83.7%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 10.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.1%
Cost of Living Index for Woodruff: 81.3
Median Household Income: $39,100
Median Home Value: $112,500
Median Resident Age: 26.0 Years
Health Care, Oil & Gas Extraction, Agriculture, Educational Services, Construction, Religious Organizations, Government, Social Services, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2015): 3.9%
Population Demographics: 2010
Map of the Rich County area