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Lehi, Utah
City
Lehi Tabernacle in 1913.
Lehi Tabernacle in 1913.
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Settled 1850
Incorporated February 5, 1852
Named for Lehi
Government
 • Mayor Bert Wilson
Area
 • Total 26.7 sq mi (69.1 km2)
 • Land 26.3 sq mi (68.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 4,564 ft (1,391 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 47,407
 • Density 1,776.9/sq mi (686.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84043
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-44320
GNIS feature ID 1442553
Website http://www.lehi-ut.gov

Lehi (/ˈlh/ LEE-hy) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 47,407 at the 2010 census, up from 19,028 in 2000. The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.

Lehi is part of the ProvoOrem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Lehi, Utah RR Station
Old Lehi Train Station on State Street
NRCSUT97007 - Utah (6489)(NRCS Photo Gallery)
A pasture in Lehi

A group of Mormon pioneers settled the area now known as Lehi in the fall of 1850, at a place called Dry Creek, in the northernmost part of Utah Valley. It was renamed Evansville in 1851, after David Evans, a local bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other historical names include Sulphur Springs and Snow's Springs.

The land was organized into parcels of 40 acres (160,000 m2), and new settlers received a plot of this size until the entire tract was exhausted. There was little water to irrigate the rich soil, so it became necessary to divert a portion of American Fork Creek. Evansville consumed up to one-third of the creek's water as authorized by the Utah Territorial Legislature.

The settlement grew so rapidly that in early 1852, Bishop David Evans petitioned the Utah Territorial Legislature to incorporate the settlement. Lehi City was incorporated by legislative act on February 5, 1852. It was the sixth city incorporated in Utah. The legislature also approved a request to call the new city Lehi, after a Book of Mormon prophet of the same name.

The downtown area has been designated the Lehi Main Street Historic District by the National Park Service, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.7 square miles (69.1 km2), of which 26.3 square miles (68.2 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 1.28%, is water.

View from Traverse Mountain

Transportation

I-15 runs through Lehi, with four exits (at Lehi Main St, 2100 North/1200 West, Timpanogos Highway/SR-92, American Fork Main Street/Pioneer Crossing) located in the city. The Utah Transit Authority operates a bus system that reaches into the city. Work on the FrontRunner South commuter rail began in August 2008 and the Lehi station opened for service on December 12, 2012. The Lehi station is located near Thanksgiving Point.

Demographics

2015-11-03 11 15 37 View from an airplane of the cities of Lehi, American Fork and Highland, Utah along Interstate 15
View of Lehi (foreground), American Fork (upper right) and Highland (upper left) from an airplane
Lehi Utah Seasons of Traverse photo D Ramey Logan
Seasons of Traverse Mountain in Lehi
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,907
1900 3,033 59.0%
1910 3,344 10.3%
1920 3,078 −8.0%
1930 2,826 −8.2%
1940 2,733 −3.3%
1950 3,627 32.7%
1960 4,377 20.7%
1970 4,659 6.4%
1980 6,848 47.0%
1990 8,475 23.8%
2000 19,028 124.5%
2010 47,407 149.1%
Est. 2015 58,486 207.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,028 people, 5,125 households, and 4,602 families residing in the city. The average population density was 936.2 people per square mile (361.6/km2). There were 5,280 housing units at an average density of 259.8 per square mile (100.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.68% European American, 0.25% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population.

There were 5,125 households out of which 61.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.2% were non-families. 8.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.70 and the average family size was 3.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 41.0% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 11.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,028, and the median income for a family was $55,664. Males had a median income of $40,739 versus $25,931 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,074. About 5.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Climate


Climate data for Lehi, Utah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 37
(3)
43
(6)
52
(11)
61
(16)
72
(22)
82
(28)
90
(32)
88
(31)
79
(26)
64
(18)
48
(9)
39
(4)
62.9
(17.2)
Average low °F (°C) 16
(−9)
19
(−7)
28
(−2)
34
(1)
41
(5)
48
(9)
55
(13)
54
(12)
45
(7)
34
(1)
25
(−4)
18
(−8)
34.7
(1.5)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.98
(24.9)
1
(25.4)
1.118
(28.4)
1.3
(33)
1.402
(35.6)
0.661
(16.8)
0.67
(17)
0.98
(24.9)
1.15
(29.2)
1.331
(33.8)
1.13
(28.7)
0.689
(17.5)
12.409
(315.2)
Source: weather.com

Attractions

Lehi Roller Mills

Lehirollermills
Lehi Roller Mills is a landmark in Lehi and famous for being featured in the movie Footloose.
Lehi Roller Mills
Location 700 E. Main St., Lehi, Utah
Area 2.9 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1905
Built by Wolf Company
Governing body Private

Lehi Roller Mills was founded in 1906 by a co-op of farmers. George G. Robinson purchased the mill in 1910, and it has since remained in the Robinson family, currently run by George's grandson, R. Sherman Robinson.

At the turn of the 21st century, Lehi Roller Mills was among thousands of such family-owned mills operating in the United States. Fewer than fifty remain today. High demand keeps the mill grinding around the clock, six days a week, and the mill produces some 100,000 pounds of flour each day. However, in 2012 the Mills filed for bankruptcy with the intention of continuing to operate during the proceedings.

Lehi Roller Mills was immortalized in the 1984 film Footloose. It was featured as Ren McCormack's (Kevin Bacon) workplace and as the site of the dance.

The iconic turkey and peacock flour paintings of Lehi Roller Mills were painted on the silos about 1930 by Stan Russon of Lehi, Utah. He used a rope and pulley system to manually raise and lower himself to be able to paint.

At the time the film was made, Lehi Roller Mills was surrounded by nothing but vacant fields. In one scene, the Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) and his wife Vi Moore (Dianne Wiest) keep a wary eye on the proceedings while standing in a field some distance away. The area is now home to a variety of fast food restaurants and a shopping center.

Museum AL dinosaur
Lobby area in the Museum of Ancient Life (dinosaur skeletal mounts seen in the photograph: Othnielosaurus fleeing from Torvosaurus).

The Lehi Roller Mills were listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point is a nonprofit museum complex and estate garden founded in 1995. It consists of five main attractions: Thanksgiving Point Gardens, Thanksgiving Point Golf Course, the Museum of Ancient Life, the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country. Approximately 1.45 million people visit Thanksgiving Point each year. It is also a location for Megaplex Theaters and has several restaurants and gift shops. It is the site for the region's only Tulip Festival, an annual Scottish Festival, annual Cornbelly's Halloween attraction, and Highland Games.

The complex is a 501(c)(3) organization, with operations funded by private donations, venue and event admissions, and profits from shops and restaurants.

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