Orem, Utah

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Quick History

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Orem was once called the Provo Bench. Provo and Orem’s early history are intertwined. Attempts were made to settle Orem in the 1850’s but lack of water slowed down it’s growth. [1] After a series of canals were made, the area became populated with many fertile fruit orchards and farmlands giving the Provo Bench the early reputation as the “Garden City Of Utah”. Homesteads settled along the territorial highway which is now State Street. Instead of the grid system for laying out a city as was popular in Utah, the roads crisscrossed the rural area connecting the farms, homes and orchards. [2]

A railroad line was built through the Provo Bench by Walter C. Orem. To honor him the community was named “Orem” and incorporated on May 5, 1919. With WII came the call for steel and Geneva Steel was there to fill that need.

In 1943, the Utah Farm Labor Association in cooperation with the State of Utah built a llabor camp at a five acre cite. The first occupants of the camp displaced Japanese-Americans from the Topaz Relocation Camp. They were employed in farmers in Orem and Utah County. The fall of 1944 brought in 60 Italian Prisoners of war. They built on the labor camp and worked in the local farms. They were all eventually replaced with 340 German prisoners of war who continued to work for the farmers. At the end of the war, the German POWs were released and the former prisoner-of –war camp became home for Mexican nationals looking for work in the farming community. This camp was dismantled in 1970.

City Hall

Orem City Hall
56 North State Street
Orem, Utah, 84057
Phone: 801.229.7000
Fax: 801.229.7031

Neighboring Communities

  • Orem boarders Utah lake and Vineyard to the west and the majestic Timpanogos mountains on the northeast. Timpanogos, an Indian name given to the mountain and the entire valley, means many waters. Provo spreads over the valley to the south and the small town of Lindon nestles into the North. [3]

Provo | Vineyard | Lindon

Orem Neighborhoods

References are made in histories to the neighborhood that the person lived in. Provo and Orem's boundary lines can seem confusing. Using the neighborhood can better pinpoint the location of an ancestor.

  • Aspen
  • Canyon View
  • Casade
  • Cherry Hill
  • Geneva Heights
  • Heatheridge
  • Hillcrest
  • Lakeridge
  • Lakeview
  • Northridge
  • Orem
  • Orem East
  • Orem North
  • Orem Park
  • Sharon
  • Sharon Park
  • Stonewood
  • Suncrest
  • Sunset Heights East
  • Sunset Heights West
  • Timpview
  • Windsor




  • Orem City
    1520 N. 800 E.
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Phone (801) 229-7124


Provo City Library owns microfilmed copies of the newspaper dating back to 1888 (with some years and issues missing for the first forty years). Check the obituary index for you ancestor, the papers can be found at the Provo City Library. Information on requesting an obituary can be found on this Provo City Library site.

Church History and Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Bonneville
  • Sharon
  • Timpanogos
  • Vermont
  • Windsor
  • Heatheridge



  • Original and native pioneer histories, camp history, locality history [8]


Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums and Libraries

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  • Provo City Library
    550 North University Avenue
    Provo, Utah 84601
    Phone: 801-852-6650
    Provo contains a wealth of information pertaining to Orem and it's history.

Vital Records

Birth Records

  • Register of births 1898-1905 [9]

Marriage Records

Death Records



Sources and Footnotes

  1. Orem History
  2. “Garden City Of Utah”
  3. First Orem Chapel
  4. Heart Throbs of the West (SLC: DUP, 1939-1947) 12 vols. FHL 979.2 H2 WorldCat 5762737 Provo City Library
  5. Anderson, Eliza B.; Original and native pioneer histories, camp history, locality history FHL 176658
  6. Our Pioneer Heritage / compiled by Kate B. Carter (Salt Lake City: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1958-1977 FHL 979.2 H2 20 volumesWorldCat 2685817 Provo City Library
  7. "FHLC Book 979.2 D3e" (Salt Lake City, Utah : Western Epics, 1966).
    Vol. 1 part 1 (Family History Archives)
    Vol. 1 part 2 (Family History Archives)
  8. Anderson, Eliza B.; Original and native pioneer histories, camp history, locality history {{FHL|176658]]
  9. Register of births 1898-1905 Film: FHL 485244