(Daily Herald) — Orem celebrates its growth from 1,600 people 100 years ago to today with birthday party
One hundred years ago, there were only 1,600 people living alongside the rattlesnakes and sagebrush in Orem.
The barren area was known as the Provo Bench, and although settlers wanted to grow crops and fruit trees, there was no water available.
In order to pass a water bond for $119,000, the city of Orem was formed and a canal was built to bring water from the Provo River.
“When they did that, this area began to develop,” said Mayor Richard Brunst. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build on what the pioneers have done. This area has turned into a beautiful spot.”