Spanish Fork is located in the northern part of the state of Utah and a city in Utah County. It sits about 8 miles going south of the city of Provo. The city took its name after the Spanish For River, which was discovered by Francisco Domínguez and Sylvestre Vélez de Escalante who were Spanish missionaries-explorers in 1776 who conducted a survey of the region. It was in 1854 when the Mormon settlers were able to establish a fort that is located along the river, and wherein the town grew around it. There were several prosperous farms and food-production industries that were established which became the economic basis for the city until the later part of the 20th century.
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