located in Utah County, about seventy miles south of Salt Lake City in a picturesque and beautiful site with a view of Utah Lake and Mount
Timpanogos to the north. Originally called Summit City because of its
location at the summit dividing line between Utah and Juab valleys,
it was settled in late 1851 by pioneers who were helping settle Payson,
located about six miles to the north. Abundant water, plenty of fertile
land for farming, and abundant groves of trees for firewood, fence posts,
and cabin logs made this an ideal place for a community.
developed between local Indian chief Guffich and Benjamin F. Johnson,
leader of the original pioneers, which enabled the whites to settle
peacefully in the area. By 1853 the settlement had grown sufficiently
to become known as Summit Creek Precinct No. 7. Soon after, however,
the Walker War broke out, and the settlers were forced to move for safety
to Payson, where they remained until 1855.