Hideout, Utah, established July 2008, with a population of 820 residents. Hideout encompasses approximately 2,500 acres and borders the shores of the Jordanelle Lake. There are miles of shoreline trails and connections to Park City, and this, along with surrounding area trail systems, makes Hideout an outdoor enthusiast community. Our town boasts breathtaking views of Deer Valley, the Wasatch Mountains, and the Jordanelle Lake. In the short period of time the Town of Hideout has been established, there have been many improvements to the area. This is largely due to the fact that the area now has local representation. The governing body is focused on and concerned about the area and its residents’ needs.(*)
Just outside Francis to the west, this red and white “classic American barn” with gambrel roof is an example of an 1850s Improvement Era barn, which combined a traditional barn with a milking parlor and loafing shed.
Rasmus R. Larsen, a Danish immigrant, purchased the acreage in 1908 and created one of the first farmsteads in the early 1930s. The property transferred to Frank Sorenson and Herbert Auerbach in the late 1930s, and the barn has been known as the Auerbach Barn ever since.
Soldier Hollow is a cross-country ski resort located 53 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Wasatch Mountain State Park, Utah, United States. The resort was created for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and during the games it hosted the biathlon, cross-country skiing and the cross country skiing portion of the Nordic combined events. Since hosting the Olympics, it has been developed as a cross-country skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing resort, while featuring mountain biking and golfing in the summer. On May 1, 2016, the venue operation contract transferred from the Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation to the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, which owns and operates several Olympic and Paralympic legacy venues elsewhere in the state.(*)
Soldier Hollow is located in the southeastern-most part of Wasatch Mountain State Park, a 21,592 acres nature preserve created in 1961, which became a state park in 1968. Soldier Hollow’s location within the state park did not carry a name until Olympic organizers coined it Soldier Hollow. This name was chosen because of its proximity to Soldier Springs, which were thought to have been used by U.S. Troops originally sent to Utah to quell a supposed Mormon uprising, in an incident known as the Utah War. Prior to becoming a state park certain locations within the park were used for farming and grazing activities, while much of the remainder was used recreationally by locals. In the last quarter of the 20th century the state park service had been approached by private developers hoping to build luxury hotels, golf courses and other attractions within the park, but none of these plans ever came to fruition.
Also check out Wallsburg Fort.
Wallsburg is a small agricultural community on four miles southeast of Deer Creek Reservoir. The early Indian name for the settlement was Little Warm Valley or Round Valley. It was finally named for William Madison Wall a native of North Carolina, who helped build the road through Provo Canyon. He was an explorer, colonizer, military officer, and church leader.(*)
The first known European-Americans to visit the area, a valley just northeast of Mount Timpanogos, were members of a fur-trapping 1824 brigade led by Étienne Provost, a French-Canadian. The area was referred to as upper Provo, and is also the name of the river running south through the valley.
A wagon road was completed through Provo Canyon in 1858 which brought the first settlers to the area. Two small communities were established: Mound City and a lower settlement sometimes referred to as Smiths Grove. Mound City was named for the many nearby limestone formations. Smiths Grove was first settled by the Robey, Epperson, Bronson, McCarroll, and Smith families.
Indian hostilities grew, and territorial governor, Brigham Young, encouraged settlers to build forts for protection. The two settlements built a fort, “midway” between the two communities. In the 1860s and 70s, a large number of Swiss immigrants arrived, including the Gertsch, Boss, Huber, Kohler, Probst, Zenger, Durtschi, Krebs, Murri, and Abegglen families. Descendants of some these families still live in Midway.
Midway was incorporated June 1, 1891; its industry based on livestock and farming. As the town grew, so did the need for building materials. In the early 1850s, sawmills were built, operated by Henry T. Coleman, John Watkins, and Moroni Blood. John H. Van Wagoner constructed the first commercial gristmill in 1861. Bonner Mercantile Store was the first retail store.
Civic improvements were made in the 1930s and 1940s, including a concrete sidewalk program started in 1938. The Midway Recreation Center, called the “Town Hall,” was dedicated in June 1941, and is the center of many community events, including Swiss Days. In 2011, Town Hall received a seismic upgrade including reinforced walls, a new roof, and re-pointing of its pot-rock (tufa) exterior. At the same time the building received a new heating system, air conditioning, and a much needed exterior-trim paint job.
The Heber Creeper Scenic railway is one of the last operating steam railroads in the United States.
It is the replacement of a busy freight and passenger business starting as the Utah Eastern line and evolving into the Denver and Rio Grande Western. Two trains a day ran along this line during the first part of this century. In the lower part of Provo Canyon it was located across the river from the road.
The Heber Creeper now runs two trains a day between Vivian Park (approximately four miles up the Canyon) and Heber City.