On September 3, 1901, Mapleton was founded. Named after the maple trees at the mouth of the canyon, the former Union Bench celebrates our 119th birthday this month.
Although we’re unsure if there were historic celebrations honoring the founding of our city, in September 2016, the Mapleton Historical Society held the first Founder’s Day Celebration of modern times by honoring citizens over 90 years of age. Attendees were awarded badges of honor, with customized badges awarded to descendants of original Mapleton settlers, reading, “Made in Mapleton.” We can hardly imagine all the memories that were shared that evening and are thankful that two of our honorees are living today.
In September 2017, we held our Founder’s Day Celebration to honor Mapleton citizens who had lost their lives in the service to our Country. The theme was “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.” Veterans, citizens, and guests from great distances gathered to view the photos and histories of those killed in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. It was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on our family and neighbors who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
In 2018, our Founder’s Day Celebration projected old black and white photographs from Mapleton Elementary School for a “Back to School Night” theme, as we attempted to name-that-citizen. Our city collection of photos from 1901 through the 1970s decade is available to view online at Mapleton Historic Photographs, house by UVU at https://uvu.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/Mapleton.
Last September, the community met in the Mapleton City Park for a fundraiser and bazaar for the planned Historical Towne Square. Lifelong residents Beth Larsen and Colin Allan spoke of
our history and their memories as a youth in Mapleton. Residents came out by the hundreds to purchase dinners, baked goods, quilts, crafts, and other donated items as well as mingle and listen to excellent live music. It is great to reflect on where we were one year ago with the Mapleton Towne Square versus where we are today!
As we all know, 2020 is a unique year. As such, so, too, will be our Founder’s Day Celebration. Rather than one day, we will recognize our founding during the entire month of September. We have moved our Military Collection to the
basement of City Hall, where residents and guests may view and honor our veterans. We welcome everyone to come by to glimpse a valued piece of our history.
Our new city motto reflects the values of our founders: Home, Heritage, Happiness. We are thankful for the rich heritage they established that affords us such a beautiful place to call home. Happy 119th, Mapleton!
On June 3, 2020 the City Council adopted the updated Land Use and Parks and Recreation Elements of the General Plan wrapping up an 8 month planning effort that included an extensive public outreach effort. These documents will help establish a clear vision for growth now and into the future. Thanks to all that participated! You can review the adopted plans at: https://www.ourmapleton.org/adopted-plan.html
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