Kearns, Utah

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Kearns Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Kearns?

  • The people. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Beautiful sunsets. (Heidi, 12 years)
  • Diversity. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • Small community. (Edward, 25 years)
  • Proximity to west side. (Mel, 38 years)
  • It’s history, up until recently it’s been a lost history. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Kearns?

  • The gangs. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • My neighborhood has gone downhill a LOT. It isn’t safe to be outside at night there anymore. (Heidi, 12 years)
  • The gangs. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • The violence. (Edward, 25 years)
  • Crime. (Mel, 38 years)
  • The people. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Kearns?

  • Play football. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Concerts, golfing, flying kites, visiting the Olympic center. (Heidi, 12 years)
  • Bike ride. Bowling. Ice skate. Swimming. Walking. Shopping. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • High school football games, ice skating, water park. (Edward, 25 years)
  • The new parks. (Mel, 38 years)
  • The fitness center, and the oval, some of the parks are nice and family friendly. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns’s Reputation

What’s Kearns known for?

  • Football. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Olympic center, old military training camp. (Heidi, 12 years)
  • Crime. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • Olympic oval. (Edward, 25 years)
  • Veterans. (Mel, 38 years)
  • Shooting. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns Crime

What’s the crime like in Kearns? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Crime has gone up a TON in the past 20 years. Heart breaking. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Bad in some spots. (Heidi, 12 years)
  • Lately lots of gang shootings. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • Theft, graffiti. (Edward, 25 years)
  • It like any other community, I get angry with the news media they will report a crime in Kearns, when it is really in West Valley, West Jordan or Taylorsville- the reason for this is that folks don’t know where the boundary lines are. Often depending on which side of the street you’re on depends on what community you are really in. We do have gangs out here, but the community tries to stay on top of the hot spots. (Mel, 38 years)
  • Be safe. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns Advice

Any advice for people moving to Kearns?

  • Be alert and aware. (Edward, 25 years)
  • Look for a clean and well-kept neighborhood. Most people are friendly, but become active in the community and get to know the people, you will be shocked. (Mel, 38 years)
  • Football. (Pam, 48 years)

Kearns Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Kearns (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • When I was a child we used to ride our bikes over the trails & “hills” in the field behind what is now the Olympic center. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Getting lights at Kearns high for football field. (Edward, 25 years)

Kearns’s Future

How do you think Kearns will change over the next 10 years?

  • I hope the neighborhoods will get cleaned up again and it would be safe to raise kids there again. (Kenneth, 6 years)
  • Hopefully be less violent and less people moving here. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • Probably add dumber round about a and traffic patterns to waste our time and confuse everyone driving through. (Edward, 25 years)
  • Right now, there are some major changes going on in Kearns, additions are being made on the oval and the fitness center, we have a couple of school that will soon be getting remolded and some that are going to be rebuilt. We will soon have a new library, and there are some roads that will be redone and changed. (Mel, 38 years)

Kearns Facts

Any other interesting facts about Kearns?

  • Housing costs are going up. (Daisy, 15 years)
  • Underground shelters. (Edward, 25 years)
  • It’s history most of the stuff you find on the internet is wrong, because people went by hearsay and a lot of guess work. The Kearns Historical Society is owned and ran by a private citizen of Kearns who had located the lost history on their own and had brought it home again. For the past 10 years Kearns has had a museum but only for a day. We are lucky in that we get to see this history, and have been lucky to watch it grow each year. All this stuff had never been seen until we started having our museum for a day. Growing up in Kearns as a kid we were always told it would be impossible to ever locate the history, we not only located it, but we have been able to meet some of the Camp Kearns men and women. Some of the items were giving to the founder of the Kearns Historical Society directly from the men she could find. The community was established over the remains of a temporary WWII Base known as Camp Kearns, named after Senator Thomas Kearns. When the war ending and the base closed that was when the history became lost because the military took all their records and documents with them, those items were sealed and kept out of public view. It wasn’t until the official Kearns Historian also the individual who owns the Kearns Historical Society, through her research discovered that Camp Kearns was a sub project to the Manhattan Project, the records were unsealed, and she was able to obtain copies of those records. (Mel, 38 years)