Provo is the third largest city in the state of Utah located approximately 43 miles from Salt Lake City. It is surrounded by Orem city to the north and from the south by Springville. The city is home to more than 1.2 million residents.
Originally Provo was called Fort Utah. The initial settlers were the 33 Mormon families in the year 1849 from Salt Lake City. It was later renamed Provo in the year 1850 after Etienne Provost a French – Canadian trapper who cam to the region in 1825.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is located in Provo. It is the largest missionary training centre in the USA. Every week around 475 LDA missionaries come for 3- 12 weeks of training. Once trained they depart on mission filed joining a worldwide missionary family of 52,000 in 120 countries. The Church of LDS also operates the Brigham Young University, the second largest private University in the USA. More than 34,000 students study at this University. Because of this large student population Provo is called a student town. The Princeton Review has consistently rated BYU as number one stone cold sober University of the United States as smoking, drinking and other activities are prohibited in the University campus.
Provo has a vibrant social calendar. Every July it hosts America’s Freedom Festival with performances by many famous artists from America. It is followed by Festival Latinoamerica during the Labor Day weekend celebrating the city’s Hispanic links and culture and the Sego festival highlighting artists from Utah County.
Provo’s other claims to fame include being the operational centre for Novell, Peaks Ice Arena and the Provo Utah temple.