This is the eighth in a weekly series of stories highlighting interesting facts about cities in Utah County.
Mapleton is a hidden gem, nestled between Spanish Fork and Springville in southern Utah County. Did you know these interesting 10 facts about the Utah County city?
-- Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald
The area was originally known as Union Bench.
Mapleton was originally settled in 1870 primarily by residents of Springville and Spanish Fork who wanted land for farmsteads, but the area wasn’t originally known as Mapleton. It was called Union Bench, according to Mapleton city. It was called Union Bench until 1901 when the name was changed to Mapleton.
Mapleton was incorporated on April Fools' Day.
Mapleton was officially incorporated on April 1, 1948, but it wasn’t the only city in Utah County that was incorporated on April Fools' Day. Provo was also incorporated on April 1, 99 years earlier than Mapleton.
Mapleton has a population of 9,512 people.
Mapleton is still considered a more rural area of Utah County. According to U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, Mapleton is home to 9,512 residents.
Mapleton has grown 18.4 percent since 2010.
Population numbers from 2010 from the U.S. Census Bureau put the city’s population at 8,031, giving the city an 18.4 percent growth rate. The city has the ninth-fastest growth of cities in Utah County.
Mapleton is 12.58 square miles in size.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mapleton is 12.58 square miles in size, making it the 10th-largest city in Utah County by land size. It is smaller only than Eagle Mountian, Provo, Lehi, Cedar Fort, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, Springville and Genola.
Mapleton has the highest average age in Utah County.
The average age of Mapleton residents is 35.7, tying with Cedar Fort for the highest median age of any city in Utah County. Only 8.7 percent of the city is under the age of 5, one of the lowest percentages of young children in Utah County.
Mapleton has the third-highest household income in Utah County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mapleton has a median household income of $97,229 — the third-highest median household income of all Utah County cities. It falls only behind Highland and Alpine in median household income.
It has been home to some well-known people.
Several well-known people have resided in Mapleton including Chris Cannon, Richard Dutcher, Wally Joyner, Frank C. Robertson.
Wally Joyner was a Major League Baseball player with the Anaheim Angels, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. He owns a 40-acre ranch in Mapleton.
Richard Dutcher was an independent filmmaker of films like “God’s Army,” “States of Grace” and “Brigham City.” He lived in Mapleton for several years.
Chris Cannon, former U.S. Representative for the state of Utah, lives in Mapleton.
Frank C. Robertson was an American author of western novels who published 150 books and countless short stories. He moved to Mapleton in 1937 and lived there until his death in 1969. In his later years, he wrote a column called “The Chopping Block” for the Daily Herald.
Several movies were filmed in the city.
Over the years, a few movies have been filmed in Mapleton, from LDS films to TV movies.
Richard Dutcher’s film “Brigham City” was primarily filmed in Mapleton in 2001.
“A Christmas Wish” was filmed in 2011 for the Hallmark Channel.
It is known for its unique Pioneer Day celebration.
Every July 24th (or a nearby Saturday) Mapleton celebrates Pioneer Day with a parade, food, games and fireworks. One unique aspect to their city celebration is a ping pong ball, where hundreds of ping pong balls are dropped from a helicopter to a park below where kids can snag them for prizes.