American Fork is now home to nearly 30,000 people, but it hasn’t always been. 

The city of American Fork was originally incorporated on June 4, 1853, as Lake City, according to the Utah Division of State History. The city was known as Lake City until 1860. At that point, the name was changed to American Fork because the residents of the city wanted to avoid confusion with the mail going to Salt Lake City.

Through the years, the city has grown from a small settlement of cattle and sheep ranches and farms to a city that includes a large retail community, schools, a large-scale hospital and a temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Take a photo look at what American Fork has looked like in the past. 

-- By Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald

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