Histories of South Utah County

Varied stories from southern Utah County

Koyle Dream Mine

John Hyrum Koyle was born in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1864. Like many of the residents of rural Utah County, Koyle and his family maintained a modest farming enterprise and kept livestock. During his life on the farm Koyle claimed to experience visions…

Spanish Fork Sugar Beet Factory

While it may seem odd to anybody familiar with Utah Valley, the corridor of towns from Spanish Fork to Lehi operated as one of the most productive sugar beet processing operations in the country. In it’s early days, it was widely sponsored by the…

Thistle, Utah: Spanish Fork Canyon's Ghost Town

Thistle got its start as a railroad resupply town. In fact, most of the early settlers were there on assignment from railroad companies to provide some rudimentary services to help out trains as they passed through town. Mormon settlers also made up…

The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition Reaches Utah Valley

In the summer of 1776, Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante (along with a team of other men and Native American guides that would join them later) set out from Santa Fe, New Mexico to find an alternative route to the other Spanish…