/proh"voh/, n., pl. provos. (sometimes cap.)a Dutch or German political agitator, esp. in the 1960s and 1970s.[1965-70; shortened from F provocateur PROVOCATEUR]
* * *City (pop., 2000: 105,166), north-central Utah, U.S. Situated on the Provo River between Utah Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, it was founded in 1849 by Mormon colonists.Construction of railroads in the 1870s spurred the city's development as a centre for the mining of silver, lead, copper, and gold. The founding in 1875 of Brigham Young Academy (now Brigham Young University) also contributed to Provo's growth. The city's industries include steel, canning, electronics, and textiles. Nearby is Timpanogos Cave National Monument.
* * *city, seat (1852) of Utah county, north-central Utah, U.S. It lies along the Provo River between Utah Lake and the Wasatch Range, at an elevation of 4,549 feet (1,387 metres). Settled in 1849 by a Mormon colonizing mission sent by Brigham Young (Young, Brigham), its name was changed in 1850 from Fort Utah (established as a defense against Ute Indian attacks) to honour Étienne Provost, a French-Canadian trapper.Construction of railroads in the 1870s from Salt Lake City (45 miles [72 km] north-northwest) and Scofield spurred the city's industrial development as a centre for mining (silver, lead, copper, and gold) and manufacturing (steel, canning, electronics, and textiles). At Geneva, on the city's northwestern flank, is a large integrated steel plant. The founding in 1875 of Brigham Young Academy (Brigham Young University) (which became a university (Brigham Young University) in 1903) also contributed to Provo's growth, as has the more recent rapid expansion of the entire Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The adjacent Uinta National Forest is headquartered in the city. Nearby are the Timpanogos Cave National Monument, a state fish hatchery and bird refuge, and Provo Peak (11,054 feet [3,369 metres]). Inc. 1851. Pop. (1990) city, 86,835; Provo-Orem MSA, 263,590; (2000) city, 105,166; Provo-Orem MSA, 368,536.
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