and Ira and John Eldredge went to Brigham Young and received permission
to "go take up land you want." Heber C. Kimball was present at the meeting
and asked them to survey a tract for him adjoining theirs. The first
survey was completed by Ira Eldredge under the direction of a Mr. Fox,
who was head surveyor in the territory. This was known as the "Big Survey.
"During the late
months of 1850 and the spring of 1851 other settlers were attracted
to American Fork; they included Leonard E. Harrington, who came as Kimball's
agent. He served for twenty-nine years as American Fork`s mayor, bishop,
a member of the Mormon Battalion, arrived in American Fork in the fall
of 1850, having crossed the plains with a company of emigrants. He,
his wife, and three children brought with them a herd of cattle. Brigham
Young had directed Caldwell and his herders to proceed to American Fork
with the livestock. Caldwell is believed to have built the first house
in American Fork, cutting the logs near Fort Provo. Other log houses
were quickly erected against the coming winter.
At a conference
held at American Fork on 18 September 1852 it was decided to lay out
a city on American Fork Creek to be called Lake City. It was incorporated
by legislative act on 4 June 1853. The community was known as Lake City
until 1860 when the city charter was amended. The name was then changed
back to American Fork in keeping with the wishes of the people and to
avoid a confusion of mail with Salt Lake City.