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Saratoga Springs ... Utah??

It's a busy time of year in Saratoga Springs.

There's the Arts in the Park event, the farmer's market, and plenty of golf is being played.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm talking about Saratoga Springs, Utah??

All right, how many of you knew there is another Saratoga Springs? I didn't, until I read recently about a wildfire that burned dangerously close to several subdivisions there, causing about 8,000 residents to evacuate their homes. (One of the neighborhoods is located along Stillwater Drive, which I found interesting.)

While the city of Saratoga, Calif., is a well-known community on the western edge of Silicon Valley, and Walt Disney World has a deluxe villa resort named the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (with an equestrian theme), the scenic city of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is known to few people in this part of the country. And that's because it's so new.

It turns out that the city actually was named after Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is one of the fastest-growing communities in the U.S.

Situated on Utah Lake, it is about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Saratoga Springs was incorporated in 1997 and became a city in 2001. It had 1,003 residents in the 2000 Census, and grew to 17,781 residents in the 2010 Census. That's a pretty dramatic growth.

It has its own fire department -- the Saratoga Springs Fire Department -- and a number of the usual city departments: recreation, public works, utilities, etc. The Talons Cove Golf Club (pictured) is a posh resort that runs right along Utah Lake.

As far as I can tell, though, there's no race course, Gideon Putnam Hotel or public mineral springs.

Jeffrey Haff is The Gazette's online editor.

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