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    Midway Real Estate

    History

    Midway was settled in 1858 when a wagon road was finally completed through Provo Canyon to the area. Many families settled farther west along Snake Creek and the two communities eventually called themselves the Upper and Lower Settlements. In the 1860’s, the two communities decided to build a fort for protection against the Indians and settled on an area halfway (or midway) between them, which eventually became modern day Midway. 

    Midway was incorporated on June 1, 1891. In the town’s early beginnings, the primary industry was livestock and farming. Soon, the town saw the addition of a sawmill, a gristmill, and retail stores. The town continued to grow and expand in a variety of industries and local mining eventually played an important role for many in Midway up until the 1960’s. 

    Settlers quickly discovered several hot water springs in the area and by the 1880’s several resorts were developed including what is now called The Homestead. While agriculture is still an important industry in the town, local recreation is more prominent than ever. Midway is home to an Olympic Venue at Soldier Hollow, many golf courses, cross-country skiing, and so much more. 

     

    Things to do in Midway

    The Homestead – The Homestead Resort has been a destination for travelers and locals for over 125 years. It’s history goes back to the original settlers who discovered The Crater which is a natural geothermal hot spring. While the resort has seen many changes over it’s long history, it remains a popular place to visit, stay, or host events. 

     

    Ice Castles – The Ice Castles at Midway are a popular winter experience. They are built using icicles placed by professional ice artists and include LED-lit sculptures, ice tunnels, slides, and even fountains. It’s a popular attraction for families.

     

    Soldier Hollow – Soldier Hollow is part of the Wasatch Mountain State Park. You’ll find recreation opportunities year round including snow tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and much more. Soldier Hollow hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic biathlon and cross-country skiing events and is a top-notch facility. 

     

    Wasatch State Park – This 23,000 acre preserve provides a variety of activities for those who love the outdoors. You’ll find everything from camping and hiking trails, to park facilities and year-round activities. 

     

    Points of Interest

    Memorial Hill – The hill was established as a way to memorialize veterans from the area over several wars. The property was purchased in 1920 and the memorial was erected in 1927. When you visit, you’ll find names of Wasatch County veterans going back to the war of 1812. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the valley below or take a stroll along the hilltop. There is also a hiking trail that starts at the memorial. It is rated as moderate and many locals use it for walking and trail running. 

     

    Huber Grove – Located in the Wasatch State Park, Huber Grove was once the home of two Swiss Immigrants, Johannes and Maria Huber. The apple orchard planted in the 1890’s is still standing and locals love picking apples from mid August through September. Reservations are required, but it is an experience to remember! There is also a trail nearby that features beautiful scenery and is perfect for all hikers. 

     

    Historic Tate Barn – The barn was built by Francis Tate in 1902 and was part of the family’s dairy farm located below Soldier Hollow. In 2001, it was restored and open to the public. In 2002, it was used as the entrance to the Olympic venue for events at Soldier Hollow. 

     

    Shopping

    For the best shopping experience, you’ll want to spend an afternoon wandering around Midway’s Shop Walk near the Town Square. There are several local boutiques where you’ll find everything from antiques, to clothes, to vintage jewelry. It’s a fun afternoon with your family or a girls afternoon out!

     

    La Dresden – This fun boutique features women’s clothing and comfortable footwear. 

     

    Seasons of Home – This is the place for quilters with tons of fabric and supplies. You’ll also find fun kitchen gifts and items for women and children. 

     

    All that stuff in the barn – If you are looking for a delightful shopping destination, you’ll love the barn. You’ll find home decor, jewelry, purses, and seasonal items galore!

     

    Fernweh Lifestyle – You’ll find a unique collection of antiques, fashion for both men and women, and gifts for family and friends. 

     

    Schools in Midway

    The schools in the city of Midway are part of the Wasatch County School District. The school district encompasses the cities of Heber, Midway, Wallsburg, Daniel, and Charleston. 

     

    Elementary Schools

    Midway Elementary – The boundaries for the elementary school follows the west of the Provo River to the Jordanelle Dam and continues along the western shore of the Deer Creek Reservoir to Deer Creek Dam. The school works to partner with a variety of community led programs including after school programs such as Girls on the Run, Math Olympiads, and many others. 

     

    Middle Schools

    Rocky Mountain Middle School – The middle school includes 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Heber Valley Elementary and Midway Elementary. 

     

    High Schools

    Wasatch High School – Wasatch High School is the only high school in the district. It serves 2,300+ students in the 9th to 12th grades. 

     

     

     

     

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    Thousands of LED lights illuminate Utah’s Ice Castles.

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