Glade’s Drive Inn is a classic spot to eat in Spanish Fork, Utah.
A couple old photos I found online:
On July 29, 1776, Fathers Francisco Atanazio Dominguez and Silvestre Valez de Escalante led an exploration party of 10 horsemen from Sante Fe, New Mexico to establish an overland route to Monterey, California, while spreading the Catholic faith to the native peoples they hoped to meet along the way.
On September 23, the party emerged from Spanish Fork Canyon into Utah Valley. Escalante recorded in his diary, “We went for half a league northwest, crossed over to the other side of the river, went up a brief slope, and caught sight of the lake and spreading valley of Nuestro Senora de la Merced of the Timpanogotzis. We also saw that they were sending up smoke signals on every side, thus spreading the news of our coming.” When camp had been established near Spanish Fork, the Padres proceeded to the Indian village on the Provo River. The natives readily accepted the teachings of the Franciscan Fathers and urged them to return with other friars to live among them.
Escalante’s diary gives us a graphic description of Utah Valley and is our best account of life in the 18th century in Utah. “In mid sierra lies L’Valle de Neustra Senora de la Merced of the Timpanogotzis surrounded by the sierra’s heights from which four medium-sized rivers that water it emerge. All over it there are good and very abundant pasturages and the climate here is a good one. It has plenty of firewood and timber in the adjacent sierra – many sheltered spots, waters and pasturages, for raising cattle and sheep and horses.
This one (lake) of the Timpanogotzis abounds in several species of good fish – of geese, beavers, and other amphibious creatures. Round about it reside the Indians mentioned who live on the lake’s abundant fish. Besides this, they gather the seeds of wild plants in the bottoms and make gruel from them, which they supplement with the game of jackrabbits, coneys and fowl, of which there is a great abundance here. They also have bison handy not too far away, but fear of the Commanches prevents them from hunting them.
“Their dwellings are some sheds or little wattle-huts of osier, out of which they have interestingly-crafted baskets and other utensils for ordinary use. They are very poor as regards to dress. The most becoming one they wear is a deer skin jacket and long leggings of the same. For cold seasons they wear blankets made of jackrabbit and coney rabbit furs. They possess good features and most of them are fully bearded. All the sections of the sierra are inhabited by a great number of peoples of the same nation, language and easy-going character.”
It is interesting to speculate on what might have happened, had the Spaniards been able to return to Utah Valley. Provo may have had an architectural flavor similar to that of Santa Fe and would probably have been the cultural center of Utah. The Mormons may not have settled in Salt Lake Valley at all, since they were seeking a land promised by God for themselves alone.
The Spanish Fork Festival of Lights
Beginning Thanksgiving Night – Nov 23, 2017 running through New Year’s – Jan 1, 2018
Running nightly from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd. (Map)
Cost: $8 per car; $22 per large passenger van or any vehicle towing a trailer ($22 per trailer); $30 per bus. We accept cash and credit.
Gift certificates available at the Spanish Fork City Office (40 South Main) or at the Parks & Recreation Office (775 North Main) for $8. A 5 admissions punch pass is also available for $35 at the same location.
**Listen to the holiday music on 99.9 FM while you drive through the displays.
Russell Swenson Baseball Complex in Spanish Fork.
Russell M. Swenson Memorial Park
Dedicated to the memory of Russell M. Swenson, the number one booster for the Spanish Fork Dons, BYU Cougars, and the Little League Yankees. He approached life and sports with great enthusiasm. His voice could be heard all over the ballpark as he led team cheers between every inning and at the end of each game. Russell found new adventure in each day and extended this excitement to everyone with whom he came in contact. He worked at this ballpark for over twenty years, taking great pride in his work. Spanish Fork City is a better place to live because of Russell. He never missed a game while in this life and his influence will always be felt in this park.
The Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, was built to meet the needs of the Hindu community in Utah County. The temple hosts seasonal festivals, weddings, receptions, and other weekly services for prayer and meditation.
The Holi Festival of Colors brings many thousands of people every year and has begun to be copied around the state and nation.
I grew up hiking up to this cross often, it overlooks Spanish Fork and Utah County better than most hikes this short could. We always called it Escalante Cross. Recently (Oct. 2015) an Eagle Scout Project added a plaque calling it Dominguez Hill Cross – I didn’t find anything to back that up but I guess if you add the plaque you can pick the name.
A couple other posts on this site about the cross are: