Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Town #58: STOCKTON est. 1862

Stockton sits on the west side of the Oquirrh Mountains. It was originally called Camp Relief by the California Volunteers under the leadership of General Connor who camped here to keep an eye on the Mormons. They soon renamed it Stockton after Stockton, California from which they had come. They did mining in the nearby canyon which is now called Soldier Canyon. You can still see the kilns that the soldiers built to smelt the ore that they found.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Town #57: FAIRFIELD est. 1855

Fairfield is several miles south of Cedar Fort. It was the home of Johnson's Army after the Utah war in 1857. While the army was in residence, it was known as Frogtown. The name was changed to Fairfield in 1861, which I believe was a great improvement. The army left with the beginning of the Civil War. Now it is the home of the Camp Floyd state park. They have pony express reenactments there every year.

They must be anticipating great growth sometime in the future because their town sign was miles away from any building. We could barely see the little town in the distance, but we could get up close and personal with the bones at the foot of the sign.

p.s. Harmony we finally found the Pleasant Grove sign a day ago. Thanks for your help!

Town #56: CEDAR FORT est. 1852

Cedar Fort lies west of Lehi. I couldn't find very much information about Cedar Fort except that it was named for the local cedar trees. I also know that you have to keep your eye out for deer around this small community.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Town #55: LEHI est. 1850

Lehi is the northernmost town in Utah County and the 6th oldest town in Utah. In its earliest days it was called Sulphur Springs, Dry Creek and Evansville. The settlers finally settled on the name of Lehi, named after the Book of Mormon prophet. Lehi's biggest industry for several decades was sugar beets. One of my favorite restaurants, Porter's Place, is in Lehi. They play turn of the century piano music there. Lehi also has some of the worst traffic in Utah.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Town #54: LINDON est. 1861

The town of Lindon is located north of Orem. It was originally called Stringtown and was an outgrowth of Pleasant Grove just to the north. When the town applied for a post office, the town name was changed to Lindon. It was named after the linden tree where the mail used to be dropped off.

When we found this sign, we were not the only ones getting our pictures taken by it. Two college age girls were also there, so we helped each other out with the photos. It was nice to have both John and I in the picture for once.

We tried to find the town sign for Pleasant Grove that day, but we couldn't find it. If you happen to read this, Harmony, we could use some help.