Orem, Utah (Images of America Series)

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In 1861, a group of hardy pioneers ascended the "Provo Bench" that overlooks Utah Lake. With dreams of fruit orchards and vegetable fields, they uprooted the sagebrush, dug irrigation canals, and planted crops. These farms were successful, and they helped transform Orem into a dynamic community by the time the railroad arrived. The produce was boxed and shipped across Utah on the Orem Line, and the Provo/Orem area earned the nickname "Garden City of Utah." Incorporated in 1919, Orem was transformed again during ...

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Overview

In 1861, a group of hardy pioneers ascended the "Provo Bench" that overlooks Utah Lake. With dreams of fruit orchards and vegetable fields, they uprooted the sagebrush, dug irrigation canals, and planted crops. These farms were successful, and they helped transform Orem into a dynamic community by the time the railroad arrived. The produce was boxed and shipped across Utah on the Orem Line, and the Provo/Orem area earned the nickname "Garden City of Utah." Incorporated in 1919, Orem was transformed again during World War II when the U.S. government constructed Geneva Steel Mill on the shores of Utah Lake. Blue collar workers joined farmers and ranchers in building a city. Orem supports higher education and is home to Utah Valley University. Although malls and subdivisions have replaced many of the orchards and the steel mill has closed, Orem remains rooted in its past while growing towards its future.

Authors Jay H. Buckley and Chase Arnold have selected more than 200 photographs from the collections at Brigham Young University, Denver Public Library, LDS Church History Library, Orem Heritage Museum (SCERA Center for the Arts), Orem Public Library, Utah Historical Society, and private citizens. Buckley is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and the former chairman of the Orem Historic Preservation Commission, and Arnold is a freelance writer.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738578828
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,392,613
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Authors Jay H. Buckley and Chase Arnold have selected more than 200 photographs from the collections at Brigham Young University, Denver Public Library, LDS Church History Library, Orem Heritage Museum (SCERA Center for the Arts), Orem Public Library, Utah Historical Society, and private citizens. Buckley is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and the former chairman of the Orem Historic Preservation Commission, and Arnold is a freelance writer.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Provo Bench Pioneers 9

2 This is the Place...for Fruit 25

3 The Power of Nunn 37

4 A Man, a Train, a Town 47

5 The Men of Steel 61

6 Vocational School to University 77

7 A Lake, a River, a Mountain 89

8 Things are Happening in Orem 107

9 Family City, USA 121

Bibliography 126

Local Historical Organizations 127

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