This is the 11th in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Lindon is a "little bit of country" nestled between Orem and Pleasant Grove, but how much do you know about the Utah County city? Here are 10 things you may not know.
-- Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
Lindon has been a city for 94 years.
Earlier this month, Lindon celebrated its 94th birthday. The city was incorporated on March 5, 1924. It was the 12th city incorporated in Utah County.
The city was originally named String Town.
Lindon was originally settled in 1861, and before it was a city, the area between Orem and Pleasant Grove was known as String Town. It was formed as an outgrowth of Pleasant Grove and was called String Town because the houses were built along a single road like a string, according to the Utah Collections Multimedia Encyclopedia.
The name Lindon was misspelled when naming the area.
In the early 1900s, there was an old Linden tree growing in the city. the people in the area applied fora new post office and it was decided that the name of the location would be “Linden” because to that point the mail had been dropped off under the Linden tree, according to history from the Linden Nursery in Lindon.
Along the process, the spelling of the name Linden was misspelled to Lindon and was never corrected. The original owner of the Linden Nursery, Ed Platt, decided to correct the spelling of in the name of his business, despite the “O” spelling of the city.
More than 10,000 residents live in Lindon.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, Lindon’s population is 10,939. Twelve cities in Utah County are larger than Lindon and eleven cities or towns have smaller populations.
The city is growing — slowly.
According to U.S. Census numbers from 2010, Lindon had a population of 10,045 residents, giving the city 8.9 percent growth since 2010. The city has one of the slower growth rates of cities in Utah County.
The city is one of the smaller in Utah County in terms of land size.
Lindon covers 8.38 square miles of land, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, giving the city a population per square mile of 1,201.8. Six Utah County cities and town are smaller in terms of land size — Alpine, Vineyard, Cedar Hills, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills and Goshen.
Lindon ranks fifth in the county for number of people per household.
Lindon averages 4.0 people per household, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That makes it the fifth-highest city for number of people per household in Utah County, behind Highland, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain and Santaquin.
There are more than 1,000 companies in Lindon.
According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 business numbers, Lindon is home to 1,488 companies. That compares to 47,840 companies county-wide.
There are two castle-themed event centers in the city.
Several cities have event centers in Utah County, but there are two very unique event centers in Lindon — both are castles. The Castle at Wadley Farms hosts a wide variety of events and features a 4,500 square foot great hall. Castle Park in Lindon hosts weddings and other events in a fairy tale castle setting.
Lindon is home to five full-facility parks as well as one aquatics center.
Lindon is home to five full-facility parks, and a number of other small neighborhood parks. The five larger parks are also available for rental. They include Pheasant Brook Park, Hollow Park, Pioneer Park, Creekside Park and Lindon City Park.
Many of the parks include open areas, pavillions and playgrounds.
The city also has an aquatics center that is visited by many from around the county.
The aquatics center is much more than just a simple place to swim. The facility includes a lazy river with water features, a pirate pool with a shipwreck kids can play on, and an area called Huck’s Hideout that has large slides, along with a lap pool.
The aquatics center also has the Flow Rider, a surfing simulator.