Highland was originally settled in the 1870s and was originally called the Upper Bench, the Highland Bench or the Lehi Bench.

In the 1890s, the first official recognition of Highland came and the area was called the Highland Precinct, according to Highland Historic Society records.

The city was built differently than other Utah County cities that were settled by early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the historical society said in its history. While other cities were built as closely confined villages in a structured pattern, the society said that “Highland was a freelance settlement, not the result of a ‘central mind.’”

“No one was ‘called’ to settle Highland — they just did,” the organization’s written history of Highland states.

The city was officially incorporated on July 13, 1977, and today, the city is home to more than 19,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Take a visual look at what Highland looked like in the past.

To see more historic slideshows, visit http://heraldextra.com/history.

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