July 18, 2017

American Fork, Utah


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American Fork, Utah: Blogs

Here’s a list of American Fork blogs and websites written by people who live in American Fork, or are about AF.

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American Fork City Website afcity.org 2017
American Fork Library afcity.org/203/Library 2017
American Fork News afcity.org/9/News 2017
American Fork Twitter twitter.com/americanforkafc 2017
The Daily Herald heraldextra.com/..american-fork 2017
Fox 13 Now fox13now.com/tag/american-fork 2017
Chamber Of Commerce americanforkchamber.org 2017
American Heritage School american-heritage.org 2017
American Fork High School afhs.alpineschools.org 2017
Wikipedia Article wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Fork,_Utah 2017
Zillow Real Estate zillow.com/american-fork-ut 2017
AF High Cross Country Blog cavemanxc.blogspot.com 2017
AF High Boys Soccer Blog cavemensoccer.blogspot.com 2017

American Fork, Utah: Groups

American Fork Groups On Facebook

  1. American Fork 24/7 Yard Sale Facebook Group (17,810 members)
  2. American Fork Online Yard Sale Shop (9,662 members)
  3. All About American Fork Group (3,234 members)
  4. Sell Your Stuff! 24/7 Online Yard Sale (2,871 members)
  5. You know you’re from American Fork when…Group (2,674 members)
  6. American Fork High School Graduates (1987-1992) (963 members)
  7. American Fork and Pleasant Grove Stakes Mid-Singles (ages 31-45) (880 members)
  8. American Fork Canyon (695 members)
  9. American Fork High 1983-1989 (530 members)
  10. American Fork High School Class Of 2007 (381 members)
  11. American Fork High School Class Of 1995 (328 members)
  12. American Fork Evergreen Park Neighborhood (267 members)
  13. American Fork Class Of 1993 Reunion (266 members)
  14. American Fork High School Cross Country/Track Facebook Group (208 members)
  15. American Fork Class Of 2003 (196 members)
  16. Friends Of American Fork 10th Community (181 members)
  17. American Fork High School Class Of 2008 (169 members)
  18. American Fork Performing Arts (133 members)
  19. American Fork, 8 Cow Ladies (132 members)
  20. American Fork High School, Class Of 1976 (124 members)
  21. American Fork High School Class Of 1981 (118 members)
  22. American Fork High School Class Of 1979 (95 members)
  23. American Fork High School Class Of 1974 (83 members)
  24. American Fork Kids Stuff Group (83 members)
  25. American Fork – AF06 Precinct (55 members)
  26. Homeschool Support Group (American Fork-Alpine) (40 members)

Other American Fork Groups And Forums

  1. Daily Strength Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group (896 members, 7,002 posts)

American Fork, Utah: Survey

We’re surveying people about living in American Fork, UT. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your name, how long you’ve lived in American Fork)


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American Fork, Utah: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in American Fork?

  • Location and the proximity we live in regards to the library, Steel Days, etc. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • Proximity to everything, people. (Jenna, 3.5 years)
  • Location. Quieter neighborhood, but super close to every store and restaurant needed. (Alyssa, 4 years)
  • The community. (Amy, 4 years)
  • Small town look. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Small town feel. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • Clean living and neighbors. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Location, close to mountains, shops and activities. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • Easy access to everything (stores, library, hospital). (Sarah, 15 years)
  • My neighborhood. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • It’s close proximity to so many things. (Caitlin, 19 years)
  • My home was in a suburban area, but was close to a strip mall and all other accessible amenities. (Jake, 19 years)
  • Small community atmosphere – It cannot grow any larger, the borders are already in place. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Feels safe. (Brooke, 21 years)
  • My hometown. (Staci, 21 years)
  • The “oldschool” community that lives to keep the city safe and attractive. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • Small town. (Lucinda, 31 years)
  • The spirit of this place. (Karen, 40 years)
  • Location. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • American Fork used to be small town appeal. (Nancy, 57 years)

American Fork, Utah: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in American Fork?

  • The roads and the sewer smell. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • The sidewalks. (Jenna, 3.5 years)
  • Horrible sidewalks in somewhat older neighborhoods and not much street lighting. (Alyssa, 4 years)
  • The south side seemed to be a little forgotten, more than the north side until late. (Amy, 4 years)
  • Lack of shelter and benches at bus stops. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • The roads. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • Insidious creeping in of urban issues. (Bree, 11 years)
  • People don’t know how to drive. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • The crappy homes in the middle. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • The road condition. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • How quickly it’s grown. It’s been sad to see a lot of the farm land/horse pastures turn into business lots or to be packed with new homes. (Caitlin, 19 years)
  • People would vandalize stop signs to say something like “STOP eating baby squirrels”. (Jake, 19 years)
  • The control of big box stores taking over small businesses. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • American Fork is getting too crowded. (Brooke, 21 years)
  • The roads. (Staci, 21 years)
  • The lack of acknowledgement with the heroin problem, local thefts and burglaries. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • The traffic. (Lucinda, 31 years)
  • The loss of the downtown area and the poor condition of the roads and the pool. (Karen, 40 years)
  • It used to have a small town feel, but not anymore. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • Unchecked growth, infrastructure not capable of sustaining exploding growth. (Nancy, 57 years)
  • The bad roads. (Granny, my whole life)

American Fork, Utah: Things To Do

What are fun things to do in American Fork? Best kept secrets, etc.

  • Steel Days, the farmers market. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • The library is awesome! We are also really close to stores and restaurants. (Jenna, 3.5 years)
  • The carnival, all the parks. (Alyssa, 4 years)
  • Sodalicious, hiking, camping, the rec center. (Amy, 4 years)
  • Shopping. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Rec center, hiking, shopping. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • Parks, rec center, dance classes. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Eating good food, and going to the movies. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • Going to the park. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Going out to eat, parks, library. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • Participating in high schools sports like marching band, basketball, soccer and football. (Jake, 19 years)
  • There’s not a ton of things to do in AF, but the community atmosphere wins all. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Lots of parks. (Brooke, 21 years)
  • Library, swimming, carnival. (Staci, 21 years)
  • Visiting the Daughters of the Pioneers Museum, watching the marching band practice, enjoying the lake (when it isn’t contaminated), spending a night up the canyon, visiting historical houses, (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • There are lots of restaurants in my neighborhood. (Lucinda, 31 years)
  • Hike Timp. (Karen, 40 years)
  • Honestly I have to leave AF for the things I go to. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • The American Fork Canyon. (Nancy, 57 years)

American Fork, Utah: Reputation

What’s American Fork known for?

  • History. (Amy, 4 years)
  • Steel days. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Mormons. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • Music and picky building permit people. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Having a documentary of the same name, about American eating habits. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • Its marching band. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • Steel days. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • Its high school marching band. (Jake, 19 years)
  • Steel Days. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Bad roads. (Staci, 21 years)
  • The American Fork Marching Band Program, American Fork Canyon, enormous amount of heroin deaths in the younger population. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • The canyon. (Karen, 40 years)
  • The arts, Marching Band, it used to be the North Utah County economic and cultural hub, but Lehi has taken over economically. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • Timp cave. (Nancy, 57 years)
  • Timp mountain. (Granny, my whole life)

American Fork, Utah: Crime

What’s the crime like in American Fork?

  • Not too bad. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • It seems to be worse than a lot of places in UT, but still better than places that are known for it (like Ogden). So…Medium? (compared to other UT cities). (Jenna, 3.5 years)
  • Horrible on the south side. Very prominent. (Amy, 4 years)
  • Not too bad. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • Getting worse and fast. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Where I lived, non-existent. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • In the sketchy home areas and around the east side by Walmart, it is not good to be out past dark. The west side near the hospital is nice. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • South of Main Street is scary in a number of areas. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • Relatively low, however it has significantly increased around the Walmart/Home Depot strip mall area over the past few years. (Jake, 19 years)
  • It’s pretty low key, however, it is increasing. Especially in older neighborhoods. Also, pan handlers and homelessness is on the rise. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • It has gotten worse. (Staci, 21 years)
  • Terrible…the last five years have seen a huge influx of drug use and thefts. The businesses on main street have things being stolen from them on a daily basis. Heroin junkies are running rampant, and causing a lot of problems. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • Fine in my neighborhood. (Lucinda, 31 years)
  • It’s getting worse. Seems like the west side by all the commerce is where it is the most. (Karen, 40 years)
  • Increasing like most other places in Utah. I have perceived hot spots like the south and west parts of town, but no actual data to back that up. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • Fraud on elderly, theft. (Nancy, 57 years)

American Fork, Utah: Advice

Any advice for people moving to American Fork?

  • American Fork is a great, friendly place to live. (Alyssa, 4 years)
  • Make the most of it. (Amy, 4 years)
  • You will love it. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Don’t change us, our traditions and values to suit your previous culture. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Get good auto insurance. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • Move to the west side by the hospital. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • North side. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • Have your kids join the high school marching band and music programs, they are national award winners. (Jake, 19 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Find a quiet neighborhood. (Staci, 21 years)
  • The cost of living is too high, the taxes keep going up, money is being spent on the “parcs” and not roads and business improvement. Neighborhoods aren’t safe anymore. Move to Lehi, and wait for American Fork to get their act together. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • Get ready to be involved in the spirit of American Fork such as the HS band and the patriotism, etc. (Karen, 40 years)
  • Nothing unique from moving to anywhere else. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • Don’t. (Nancy, 57 years)

American Fork, Utah: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in American Fork.

  • Everyone is so friendly. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Super fun and friendly parade goers! (Bree, 11 years)
  • I graduated high school. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • The rec center is good. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • I grew up in American fork and attended school there. They have amazing activities like the steel days parade, a great high school I attended- it is a fun family friendly place. (Jake, 19 years)
  • I Remember waking up in the summer to running water behind our house. It was irrigation for the properties south of us. (Staci, 21 years)
  • I called the police on a couple who was on my property that were obviously high. The police officer that responded knew who they were and stated that they were a local problem, gave them a warning, and let them go. My neighbors weren’t so lucky and were broken into the next day. Even with camera footage the perpetrators are getting away because the system is too full and the drug problem is out of control. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • My high school years were the best! I was blown away by the sense of unity and power we had as a school. I loved the songs and traditions. It makes me tear up to sing the school song now when the band goes by in the parade. Go Cavemen! (Karen, 40 years)

American Fork, Utah: The Future

How do you think American Fork will change over the next 10 years?

  • It will get bigger, and the roads will get worse. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • Hopefully American Fork will become safer. (Amy, 4 years)
  • More traffic. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • Growth :(. (Kirsty, 6 years)
  • We will find ourselves in a crime crisis. (Bree, 11 years)
  • Drivers and traffic will get worse. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • It will hopefully get nicer and bigger. (Sarah, 15 years)
  • It will be over-crowded. (Anonymous, 16 years)
  • Population will increase and more building will happen, they’ve already started building houses on the same hill as the cemetery, making tombstones lawn decorations. They have also eliminated a park next to the recreational center, and started putting the cemetery in its place. (Jake, 19 years)
  • It will continue to grow. (Brooke, 21 years)
  • More people. (Staci, 21 years)
  • If change doesn’t happen, more businesses will leave. Look at how many vacant spaces are on main street and in the meadows… even AT&T moved out of AF to Lehi a half a block away. Not to mention Nuttals Fabric (an American Fork Staple)…they moved across the street from the AF border in PG. There aren’t incentives for businesses, but they carry a bulk of the sales tax that can help improve roads, and pay for numerous other city expenses. You would think the city would try and get on top of the businesses fleeing before it becomes a ghost town like PG. If the drug problem isn’t addressed, then American Fork is going to be like the next Taylorsville. With proper enforcement and neighborhood awareness, we can use the community to band together to be more aware of the problem. As long as everyone keeps turning a blind eye to the problem, then the situation will not get better. I personally have gone to over three dozen drug overdose funerals in American Fork in two years…Two YEARS! Friends, neighbors, family…it is a huge problem in American Fork. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • Like I said, I am sad to see such important buildings torn down and such disheartening ones put in their place. I’m afraid we’ve lost a city center to commerce. I see that American Fork will continue to give into commerce, and get eaten from the inside out. PG and Lehi have been able to maintain the integrity of their downtown areas. Ours looks slummy and uninviting. I think this may continue, but I am hoping that we can do something to revitalize our downtown area. It started in the 70s with tearing down the houses on 100 East for the big grocery store. (Karen, 40 years)
  • It will get more crowded, struggle more financially, have less of a small town feel, likely with increasing crime. (Shazelle, 42 years)
  • Unlimited growth, loss of mom and pop businesses. (Nancy, 57 years)
  • Too many new homes/strip malls, etc. (Granny, my whole life)

American Fork, Utah: Other Facts

Any other interesting facts about American Fork?

  • I’d love it if a splash pad was added, or if there was a “swim only” pass at the rec center. (Rebecca, 3 years)
  • Mountain views are wonderful. (Gloria, 6 years)
  • If you don’t take advantage of AF Canyon, you’re missing out! (Bree, 11 years)
  • It is home to 25,000 or so people. Also, home to an LDS Temple. (Kyle, 11 years)
  • Most of American Fork used to be farm land. (Jake, 19 years)
  • On 5th east there was an old house foundation by a ton of trees. We learned it was used a hundred years ago or so for hunting. (Staci, 21 years)
  • It has the potential to be a great city. The first step in fixing the problems is acknowledging the problems in the first place. (Anonymous, 30 years)
  • 100 years ago, citizens were more tolerant to bars and having adult fun. Geneva amusement park was popular at Lindon Boat Club and there was a dance hall in AF Canyon. (Nancy, 57 years)