Fairfield, Utah

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Fairfield
Town
Old Fairfield Schoolhouse
Old Fairfield Schoolhouse
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Location in Utah County and the state of Utah
Coordinates: 40°15′44″N 112°05′35″W / 40.26222°N 112.09306°W / 40.26222; -112.09306Coordinates: 40°15′44″N 112°05′35″W / 40.26222°N 112.09306°W / 40.26222; -112.09306
Country United States
State Utah
County Utah
Founded 1855
Incorporated December 20, 2004[1]
Founded by John Carson
Named for Amos Fielding
Elevation[1] 4,879 ft (1,487 m)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 121
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84013
Area code(s) 385, 801
GNIS feature ID 1427871[1]

Fairfield is a town in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the ProvoOrem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the southwest corner of Cedar Valley about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Salt Lake City and 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Cedar Fort on Utah State Route 73, west of Utah Lake. The population was 119 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Stage Coach Inn, Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield, Utah.

The town was founded in 1855 when John Carson, his four brothers, and others settled in the Cedar Valley. The settlement was soon known as Frogtown. The population ballooned after the arrival of Johnston's Army in 1858-59, sent to Utah to suppress the rumored rebellion there. The army established a nearby camp called Camp Floyd, and the population grew to over 7,000, including 3,500 troops (nearly one-third of the entire U.S. Army at that time), teamsters, gamblers, and camp followers of various persuasions. With no rebellion taking place, the troops were recalled in 1861, sent east to fight for the Union with the outbreak of the Civil War.[3]

Frogtown became Fairfield in 1861, named after Amos Fielding, who had participated in establishing the community.

The Stagecoach Inn, located in Fairfield and now a museum, was used by travelers passing through via stage coach, military personnel, and riders on the Pony Express trail.

Fairfield incorporated in 2004 due to concerns about growth from surrounding communities.[4] Besides agriculture, the town is a destination for Camp Floyd tourists, and home to a large construction landfill.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 303
1870 223 −26.4%
1880 172 −22.9%
1890 273 58.7%
1900 168 −38.5%
1910 279 66.1%
1920 95 −65.9%
1930 129 35.8%
1940 93 −27.9%
1950 99 6.5%
2010 119
Est. 2012 121 1.7%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[5]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 119 people residing in the town. There were 41 housing units. The racial makeup was 95.8% White, 1.7% from some other race, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fairfield. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum". Utah State Parks. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Haddock, Sharon (November 1, 2004). "Burg eager to be a town". Deseret News. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2011.