History of American Fork, Utah

Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)

American Fork is a city of well-kept private homes, condominiums, and apartments. There is a high percentage of home ownership, and well-maintained public parks are found in every area of the rapidly growing community of 18,000 (in 1993), up from the 1990 census figures of 15,696 people. An innovative, full-service public library serves the community and was built in 1968 without a bond issue. It has been continuously upgraded, with plans for further expansion underway.

The LDS American Fork Ward was organized on 25 May 1851 with Leonard E. Harrington as bishop. In 1901 four wards were divided from it, and Alpine Stake, with Stephen L. Chipman as president, was organized. The Community Presbyterian Church was organized in 1877 and celebrated its centennial with a restoration of the original building. There are currently four LDS stakes and forty wards in American Fork, along with the Community Presbyterian Church, St. Peter's Parish Catholic Church (organized in 1973), Calvary Chapel, and a Jehovah's Witness congregation. Members of other religious denominations also live in the city.

See: George F. Shelley, Early History of American Fork, With Some History of a Later Day (1993); Betty G. Spencer, American Fork, a Great Place to Grow (1988).

Betty G. Spencer

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