Because of its
close proximity to the mountains, Utah
Lake, and rivers, Provo residents have many recreational outlets.
In winter, alpine and cross-country skiing, ice skating, and other winter
sports are available within minutes. In summer, hiking, camping, fishing,
and boating are equally accessible.
have long been proud of their city. Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland,
United States senators Reed
Smoot (who also served as an apostle in the LDS Church) and William
King; LDS Church apostle Dallin Oaks (who also served as president of
Brigham Young University and as a justice of the Utah Supreme Court);
Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion of the world, and numerous
less well-known political, church, sports, and business figures have
lived in Provo.
is a thriving community of 86,835 (1990 census).
The city's downtown heart is no larger the center of Utah Valley commerce,
having lost that honor to large suburban shopping malls. Provo's once
proud train depot was recently demolished, a symbol of the declining
importance of passenger rail transportation in the West. Provo's downtown
area remains, however, the focal point of Utah Valley political life,
and nearby Brigham Young University remains the education center of
the area. Provo has grown from a quiet, small Mormon city to a substantial
modern metropolitan area. Some of its traditional quaintness is gone,
but its heart and soul continue to thrive.
L. Cannon II, A Very Eligible Place: Provo and Orem, An Illustrated
History (1987); J. Marinus Jensen, History of Provo, Utah (1924); John
Clifton Moffitt, The Story of Provo, Utah (1975); John Clifton Moffitt
and Marilyn McMeen, Provo: A Story of People in Motion (1974); WPA Writers'
Project, Provo: Pioneer Mormon City (1942).
Kenneth L. Cannon