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United States > Utah > Utah County > Alpine

Quick History

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Seven Mormon immigrant families, lead by William Wordsworth, were sent South in the fall of 1850 to a sleepy valley tucked in among the Wasatch mountains. On Jan 19, 1855 the Legislature granted a city charter to Mountainville but because of the beautiful mountains surrounding it, Brigham Young, the Latter Day Saint Prophet, requested the name be changed to Alpine because it reminded him of the Swiss Alps. [1]

Time Line

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  • 1850 September- Seven families settled in Mountainville and begin to build cabins. Most lived in dugouts or wagons the first winter. Census taker records 29 people living there.
  • 1851 December- First meeting and school house built.
  • 1852. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mountainville Branch organized in February and became a ward in September with Isaac Houston as first bishop.
  • 1853. Wordsworth Fort built as protection from Indians.
  • 1854. Plague of crickets and grasshoppers destroyed most of crops
  • 1855, January- Legislature granted city charter to Mountainville. Brigham Young requested name be changed to Alpine.
    Larger fort enclosure built for more protection.
  • 1863. Second meeting house dedicated by Brigham Young. Now the Pioneer relic hall.
  • 1866. Moyle Tower erected as a protection from Indians.
  • 1868. People had began to move outside of fort because peace had been established with the Indians.
  • 1870. Population 208.
  • 1872. New Rock Church built.
  • 1899. Red Brick School House finished.
  • 1900. Population 520
  • 1924 Gymnasiam built next to school house
  • 1928 Rock Church destroyed by fire
  • 1930 Purple Church finished to replace Rock Church

Vital Records

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Death records are frequently considered as primary source records for the death and burial dates, locations and cause of death. They are secondary sources for birth information unless the birth occurred within days of the death.

Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed. A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased,date of death and place of death, as well as the age, birth date, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.

Birth and Marriage Records

Utah Census Records


Alpine Yesterdays: a history of Alpine, Utah County, Utah, 1850-1980 Author: Wild, Jennie A 1908, (Main Author) Publications: Salt Lake City, Utah: Blaine Hudson Printing, 1982 Call Number 979.224/A2 H2w FHL US/Can Book Available. Film FHL US/CAN Fische Film # 6111021


Pioneer children monument at Alpine Cemetery
Alpine City Cemetery
200 E. 350 N.
Alpine, Utah, 84004




Church History and Records

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Early records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Utah County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at the Family History Library at Brigham Young University.

  1. Alpine Stake
  2. Alpine
  3. Mountainville (old name for Alpine)


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  1. Alpine yesterdays - a history of Alpine, Utah County, Utah, 1850-1980 by Jennie Adams Wild. Published inSalt Lake City, Utah : Blaine Hudson Printing, 1982. 415 p., ill., ports. FHL Book 979.224/A2 H2