With the construction
of the steel plant at Geneva and the rapid growth in the Provo-Orem area to the north, many fruit farmers relocated to the Santaquin area.
Large orchards were planted, replacing wheat fields and pasture land.
The construction of huge cold storage facilities for the fruit created
many jobs in the community. Another boast to the economy and population
came in 1968 with the completion of Interstate 15 through the town.
religion in Santaquin is LDS, with four wards meeting in two chapels.
There is also an Assembly of God chapel. A majority of the people are
of Scandinavian descent. The population of Santaquin has grown from
12 in 1851 to 1,214 in 1950, to 1,236 in 1970, and to 2,386 in 1990.
See: Myron V.
Olson, compiler, Give Me This Mountain, A History of the Santaquin Utah
Doris F. Salmon