Alpine is located on State Highway 74 in the extreme northeast corner of Utah Valley, five miles north of American Fork near the mouth of American Fork Canyon.
Alpine was settled in 1850 and for many years was known as Mountainville because of the adjacent high, majestic mountains. Brigham Young, the second Mormon prophet, was reported to have liked the name Mountainville, but considered Alpine more expedient and because the town reminded him of the Swiss Alps.
Long a quiet hidden secret in the north part of the Valley, Alpine experienced a population boom in the 1950s. Its rich soil, plentiful streams (due to its immediate proximity at the base of the South Wasatch Range), and unbelievable vistas drew hundreds of residents to the area, and by the early 1960s, the population had nearly doubled. The growth continues today, and Alpine now numbers nearly 7,200 residents (2000 Census).
Alpine residents have long been territorial about their community, passing ordinances and working hard to maintain the desirable confluence of natural beauty and its spirited away feel while adjusting to the ever-increasing population base. Alpine is governed by a mayor and five city council members.
In the tradition of other Utah Valley community festivals, Alpine celebrates Alpine Days annually in August and boasts several events, including a mountain bike race, 5K fun run, storytelling festival, Saturday family dinner, fireworks, and a PBR rodeo event.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.6 km_ (7.2 mi_); of its land, none of the area is covered with water although a number of small mountain streams run through the city. It is located on the slopes of the Wasatch Range north of Highland and American Fork. The west side of the city also runs above the Wasatch Fault.
Also, there are a number of mountain biking trails around the city that attract bikers from all over the state. There is also much back trail hiking.
The population of Alpine was 7,146, at the 2000 census and by 2004 was estimated at 7,896. Alpine has been one of the many quickly-growing cities of Utah since the 1970s, and especially the 1990s.
Points of Interest
- Petersen Arboretum is a new arboretum located in Petersen Park, Alpine, Utah, USA. It was established prior to 2003, when 150 additional trees were planted. Its collection includes Big Tooth and Amur Maples, Tri-colored Oaks, and the Dawn Redwoods.
- Lambert Park, located in Alpine, Utah, is an area used for every level of mountain biking all year long.
For more information on Alpine, Utah visit www.alpinecity.org.