Some History of Orem

I will do a quick recap of some history of Orem, Utah. I will be focusing on the North East section of Orem.


There were several farms on the North East side of Otem.

  • Gowns
  • Baxter
  • Gillman
  • Swenson
  • Jenkins
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Welfare Farm

We will cover each of them here

Welfare Farm

This was for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welfare farm. The Goldings ran this farm. It consisted of the following:

  • Hay
  • Corn
  • Fruit Trees

This was a pretty big farm, and it was fun to play on until we got into trouble. But we still played.


They had a pretty big orchard. It had a lot of fruit trees, and it was fun to run through, especially at night.


They had a couple of farms in Orem; this one was located here

This mainly consisted of hay.

The other one was done just East of the Canal. (Not featured in the pictures)

Gowns and Baxter

In this picture

You will see that the area for Northridge Park was the Gowns farm. To the East of that and to the North of it was the Baxter farm.

They both had fruit trees and hay.


This was my grandfather’s farm. He had hay, corn, and cows since he was a diary framer.

He sold it off in 1978, at the age of 77, as it was just getting too much for him.

Now his farm has a school and houses on it.


It was an excellent time to grow up in Orem, especially the Northeast section: all the farmland and all the fun we had. The only problem was that I had hay fever, which didn’t help when running through the fields.


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