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Provo is the Utah's second largest city and county seat for Utah County. With its eastern boundary the Wasatch Mountains, and western boundary Utah Lake, Provo's setting is picturesque and inviting. In 1776, an expedition of Spanish friars visited the area and reported on fertile soil and plentiful game. Political decisions prevented them from returning to establish missions for the local Ute Indians. Stories of a fur trapper, Etienne Provost, who passed through the area in 1824, provided the Anglicized name for the city by Mormon settlers in 1849. During the early 1900's the city became more industrialized, with a growing urban business district. Many distinctive building remain from this period.
In 1875 the Brigham Young Academy was established. Today it has grown to become Brigham Young University, the second largest private (church-related) university in the country. With its Arts Centers, Museums, and sporting events, BYU provides numerous activities for visitors and locals alike. Provo is also home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Missionary Training Center and one of the church's busiest Temples.
Area festivals include Auto Expos, Bluegrass Festival, Rodeos, folk and art fests, and the July 4th Freedom Festival, a two-week long event crowned with a major concert and fireworks extravaganza. Museums include those of pioneer heritage, various art forms, and collections of peoples and cultures. Provo's proximity to the mountains and lake allow visitors access to a variety of activities. There are opportunities for fishing and hunting, mountain biking and hiking, camping, rock climbing, golfing, and various snow and water sports.
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