History of Santaquin, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)

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.

The predominant 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 Stake (1984).

Doris F. Salmon

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