Did you snag a postcard at the Book Launch? Here are some fun stories to pass along.
Adams Turkey Ranch
The Adams Turkey Ranch operated on the cedar bench from 1938 to the early 1970s. The ranch peaked at 9,000 turkeys and harvested 3,000 turkey eggs a day. In the 1970s, the farm closed and the land was sold to housing developers.
The Family Festival was first called “Historic Manila Days” and was held on July 24th. Today, the city festival lasts a whole week, including a fun run, parade, movie-in-the-park, and carnival. The name was changed to Family Festival to celebrate what the town had the most—families!
The Murdock Canal
The Murdock Canal was extended from Orem to Salt Lake County in 1915. The area was so desperate for water, they let the canal cut through their farmland. Local youth made the best of it by using the canal for swimming, ice skating, and waterskiing (pulled by a truck or tractor).
Many of the old-timers of Cedar Hills/Manila area will tell you about Passion Flat. From the top of the hills of “cedar bench,” you could enjoy a beautiful view….with a date. You can enjoy a similar view from Oak Road in Cedar Hills today.
Locals of Manila enjoyed finding the perfect Christmas tree on the “cedar bench.” The tradition lasted until the hills were stripped of trees for the Turkey Farm and the development of Cedar Hills. The last cedar grove is in the Cedar Hills Golf Course (and their actually junipers!).
Harvey Apple Farm
In the 1860s, the Harvey family started a farm and orchard in Manila. The house and barn were incorporated into American Fork, but much of the orchard land is now Cedar Hills. You can even find some old apple trees in people’s backyards.