Sherwood Hillside Park, one of Provo’s Parks.
American Fork Posts:
The area around Utah Lake was used as a seasonal hunting and fishing ground by the Ute Indians. American Fork was settled in 1850 by Mormon pioneers, and incorporated as Lake City in 1852. The first settlers were Arza Adams, followed by Stephen Chipman (grandfather of Stephen L. Chipman, a prominent citizen around the start of the 20th Century), Ira Eldredge, John Eldredge and their families.
The first settlers of American Fork lived in scattered conditions along the American Fork River. By the 1850s, tension between the settlers and Native Americans was increasing. In 1853, Daniel H. Wells, the head of the Nauvoo Legion (the Utah Territorial Militia at the time), instructed settlers to move into specific forts. At a meeting on July 23, 1853 at the schoolhouse in American Fork, Lorenzo Snow and Parley P. Pratt convinced the settlers to follow Wells’ directions and all move together into a central fort. A fort was built of 37 acres (150,000 m2) to which the settlers located. Only parts of the wall were built to eight feet high, and none were built to the original plan of twelve feet high.
Settlers changed the name from Lake City to American Fork in 1860. It was renamed after the American Fork River which runs through the city, as well as to avoid confusion with Salt Lake City. Most residents were farmers and merchants during its early history. By the 1860s, American Fork had established a public school, making it the first community in the territory of Utah to offer public education to its citizens. In the 1870s, American Fork served as a rail access point for mining activities in American Fork Canyon. American Fork had “a literal social feud” with the town of Lehi due to the Utah Sugar Company choosing Lehi as the factory building site in 1890, instead of American Fork. There were several mercantile businesses in American Fork, such as the American Fork Co-operative Association and Chipman Mercantile. For several decades in the 1900s, raising chickens (and eggs) was an important industry in the city.
Up exploring Tie Fork, off Spanish Fork Canyon with Brian Walker. We were going for a geocache our friend Russ had hidden.
We went against the Russ’s advice thinking we found a better way (and we still think we did ) but had a couple of obstacles along the way…
The first was those silly beavers who built their pond right at a road crossing, it looked a lot deeper then it was and scared us off at first until we decided to really check by wading out into it, it turned out to be okay and we drove through it.
The main problem was when the road became a 4-wheeler trail we kept going, and kept going and going as it got narrower and narrower, we finally came around a corner and stopped because it got really really narrow, but the thing is, where we stopped we were tilted to the left pretty bad and sliding down further every time we tried to move forward or backwards… and with too much sliding we would end up rolling off the side and all the way down to the river below.
We got out and tried to figure a way out of what I had gotten us into, I really didn’t want to roll my Jeep down a mountain and was very worried. For some reason ( maybe just to help us… ) there was a top shell of an iProvo truck in the creek there… we got 2×4’s and plywood from it, some dead trees and rocks, some dirt dug up using an Ammo Can for a shovel.
THE SPIRIT OF MACGYVER LIVES ON is what Brian said when we got our makeshift road built out of wood and rocks and then it was time to drive on it and hope we built it strong enough, well… we did. All is well.
We hiked the 2 miles from there to the cache and WOW… what an amazing place, I’ve never seen anything like it before! The pictures do not give it justice at all.
We saw elk, we saw bear scat, and we enjoyed a nice 4 mile round trip hike on a beautiful day.