Historical Books

Alpine Yesterdays: A History of Alpine, Utah County, Utah, 1850-1980, by Jennie Adams Wild, Blain Hudson Printing, 1982. This invaluable book should be a companion to any hiker who wishes to have a historical understanding of mountains surrounding Alpine. Sections that relate to hiking, include: Water (Irrigation, Culinary), Trades and Industries (Mills, Sheep, Cattle, Alpine Mining District), Lights and Electricity (Alpine Power Plant), Alpine City Cemetery, Special Stories (The Weather in Alpine), and Alpine and Surrounding Mountains. This book is available at the Alpine City offices for $40.

Hogum Canyon’s Six-Month Secret,” by Rulon McDaniel, Alpine, Utah, 2011. 78 pages. Privately printed by Rulon McDaniel. “The story of an ill-fated Boeing 247 Airship on its way from California to New York that disappeared from the world during the early morning hours of December 15, 1936, carrying 3 crew members and 4 passengers along with a heavy load of U.S. Christmas mail and which was not found until June 6, 1937.” This book makes reference to such places as Dry Creek Canyon, the Horse Pasture, Chipman’s Peak, Upper Ford, and the ridge above Lake Hardy where the wreckage was found.

Lambert Park,” by Rulon McDaniel, Alpine, Utah. Privately printed by Rulon McDaniel.

Mining Developments in the American Fork Mining District,” by Fred S. Keetch, Alpine, Utah, 2013. Privately printed by Fred Keetch. This is a remarkable history of mining from the 1860s to the 1950s. With fascinating stories and more than 50 historical photographs, this book brings to life a world of industry and people that once existed in the canyon, including: the railroad from American Fork to Dry Creek; the 4.5-mile, 30-bucket, aerial tramway from Tibble Fork; ore-hauling wagons; the now non-existent town of Forest with it’s homes, boarding house, and smelter; the work, tunnels, money, and companies; the cold winters, the accidents, and tragic snow slides; and interesting accounts of George Tyng and Ed Hines. At one time, sensational strikes brought the attention of the country to this area. Reading this material gives meaning to Pittsburg Lake, Graveyard Flat, and the few mining remnants that still exist in the canyon.