Historical Markers in
Utah County, Utah

104 West Center 110-120 West Center A Place of Gathering American Fork City Hall Bank of American Fork Battle Creek Bishop David Evans Black Hawk - Ute Indian Chief Brigham Young Academy Brigham Young Academy Square Caffrey & Davis Furniture Company / Senior Hotel City Hall Civil War Skirmish at Pleasant Grove Craghead Field Dominguez y Escalante Expedition Dominguez y Escalante Expedition Dr. Barney Clark Elberta Escalante Escalante Trail Fairfield-Camp Floyd-Fort Crittenden / The Pony Express First Flour Mill First Free Public School First Mills in Utah County First Orem Chapel First Presbyterian Church of American Fork First Relief Society Hall First Settlement of Icelanders in the United States First Tabernacle Fort Palmyra Fort Utah Fort Wall at American Fork Frank H. Eastmond Park Given Family Massacre Goshen's Historic Grist Mill Stone Harrington Elementary School Historic Utah County Courthouse In Memory of Edwin Whiting Pioneer Jeppa and Anna Nelson Granary John Austin Cabin Lake Shore Fort Lehi Cemetery Lehi Hotel Lehi Meeting House Lehi Memorial Building Lehi Relief Society Hall Leland Levi Kendall's Home Log Cabin Grist Mill Merrihew/Dalley Building N.E. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort N.W. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort Native Restoration Nephi & Annie Kindred House Old Academy Old Fort Old Palmyra Old Pleasant Grove Fort Old Pleasant Grove Fort Old Pleasant Grove Fort Old Pleasant Grove Fort Original Goshen Pioneer Cemetery Our Pioneers Palmyra’s Early Buildings Payson City Library Payson's Pioneer Industry Pioneer Burial Grounds Pioneer Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery Pioneer Flour Mill Pioneer Relic Hall Pioneers of Lehi Pleasant Grove Town Hall Pond Town Fort Provo Woolen Mills Provo's Liberty Bell Provo's Mormon Pioneers Roswell Darius Bird, Sr. House Russon & Peck Immigration to Utah S.E. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort S.W. Corner of Payson Pioneer Fort Salem’s First Post Office Samuel Douglass House Santaquin Site of First Mapleton Meeting House Site of the First Settlement of Pleasant Grove Site of the Old Provo High School Southern Utah Valley Spanish Fork Grist Mills Spanish Fork Heritage Cemetery Spring Lake Villa Springville High School Art Gallery Springville Presbyterian Church Springville's First Camp Site Startup Candy Factory The American Fork 2nd Ward Meeting House The Historic City Hall Bell The History of the Lehi Sugar Factory The John Dixon House The Kelly Ranch The Knight Block The Lush Valley of the Timpanogotzis The Octogon House The Spanish Fork Indian Farm Reservation The Walker War Upper American Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant Utah Lake Resorts Utah Southern Railroad Depot Utah’s First Indian Battle Veterans Memorial Building West Mountain Williams & Powell Ranch Winter Corral World War II P.O.W. Camp
The state is known for its national parks, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park. However, one lesser-known park is the Golden Spike National Historic Site, which commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
Utah County is located in the central part of the state of Utah, in the United States. Its history dates back to the arrival of the first European settlers in the area in the mid-19th century. The region was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Ute and Shoshone peoples.

In 1849, Brigham Young, the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), sent a group of pioneers to establish a settlement in Utah Valley, which later became Utah County. The settlers faced several challenges, including harsh climate conditions and conflicts with Native American tribes. Despite these difficulties, the settlement grew and prospered as more pioneers arrived in the area.

Utah County became the center of religious, social, and economic activities for the Mormon pioneers. The construction of the Provo Tabernacle and the Provo City Center Temple served as important landmarks of the region's religious heritage. Agriculture, especially fruit cultivation, became a significant industry in the county, with apples, cherries, and peaches being key crops.

Over the years, Utah County witnessed significant growth and development. Educational institutions, such as Brigham Young University (BYU), were established and played a crucial role in shaping the county's cultural landscape. In recent years, Utah County has experienced a surge in population, becoming one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. Today, it combines its religious heritage with a thriving economy, offering a mix of urban and rural areas, outdoor recreational opportunities, and a vibrant community.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Utah County, Utah.

  • 1776: The first European explorers, Fathers Escalante and Dominguez, traveled through Utah County.
  • 1847: Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young settled in the Salt Lake Valley, including the area now known as Utah County.
  • 1849: Provo was settled and became the county seat of Utah County.
  • 1851: Utah County had its first courthouse and jail.
  • 1852: Provo was incorporated as a city.
  • 1869: The completion of the transcontinental railroad brought new economic opportunities to Utah County.
  • 1875: Brigham Young Academy (now Brigham Young University) was established in Provo.
  • 1894: The first electric streetcar system was introduced in Provo.
  • 1903: The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company built a sugar factory in Lehi.
  • 1920: The Provo City Library was opened.
  • 1940s: Geneva Steel, a major steel mill, began operations in Utah County.
  • 1969: Brigham Young University became a university, offering graduate degrees.
  • 1980s: The technology industry started to grow in Utah County with the establishment of companies like Novell and WordPerfect.
  • 2002: The Peaks Ice Arena in Provo hosted ice hockey events during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.