Henefer is a farming community along the banks of the Weber River, located where this trail leaves the Weber River. In 1859 the 1st homes were made from adobe brick, packed mud floors, dirt roofs, and windows with barred shutters for protection from the Indians. Early settlers raised grain and cattle, but items such as matches, yeast, and needles were scarce. The Echo Dam (158 feet high) was built from 1927 to 1930 by the Bureau of Reclamation at a cost of $2.9 million.
The reservoir inundated about 1825 acres of farmland and forced the relocation of 3.9 miles of the Lincoln Highway and 4.7 miles of railroad track between Echo and Coalville.