Lehi, Utah

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Lehi (pronounced /ˈliːhaɪ/) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 19,028 at the 2000 census, while a 2008 estimate placed the population at 46,802.[3] The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.[4]

Lehi is part of the ProvoOrem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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, near the head of Utah Lake. 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.[5]

The land was organized into parcels of 40 acres (160,000 m2), and new settlers received a plat 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 water as authorized by the Utah Territorial Legislature.

The settlement grew so rapidly that in early 1852, Bishop 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.

Geography

Lehi is located at 40°24′06″N 111°51′31″W / 40.401662°N 111.858627°W / 40.401662; -111.858627 (40.401662, -111.858627).[6]

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