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When did Brigham Young visit Cache Valley?
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Most people with even a cursory knowledge of American history know something about Brigham Young: President of the LDS Church, Governor of Utah Territory, and the "Great Colonizer" (for his role in settling the mountain west). He left a deep impact in Cache Valley. In fact, well-known local historian, A.J. Simmonds

After a careful perusal of a variety of sources, I can find that he visited at least 7 times:


  • 1855 - In the November 7, 1855 issue of the Deseret News we learn that he and other traveled to Cache Valley on an exploratory trip.

  • 1860, June - Brigham Young and others came to Cache Valley to witness the dramatic growth and settlement of the area, nearly 10% of the population of the entire territory! Young spoke in a bowery built on the south east corner of 100 West and Center, saying "No other valley in the territory is equal to this."

  • 1863, August - Brigham Young and others spoke in a bowery (likely the same as 1860) and announced his feeling that there would someday be an LDS temple built in Logan.

  • 1869, June - Little is known about this visit, but he and others came and toured the Valley.

  • 1873, June - Although the Logan Tabernacle foundation was already begun, Brigham Young spoke on the need to construct a larger building. This meeting was held in a bowery constructed on the southeast corner of Tabernacle Square.

  • 1874, May - Brigham Young traveled north for a meeting in Franklin, Idaho, celebrating the completion of the railroad to that town. While enroute from Logan, the train jumped a track and he returned to Logan in a wagon. He also toured the church farm in southeastern Logan and announced plans for Brigham Young College.

  • 1877, May - While visiting the valley, he is remembered to have taken his grandson, George W. Thatcher, Jr. by the hand and said "Come on, Georgie, let's go pick a spot for the temple." The present site was selected and Young spoke to several crowds on the need to sacrifice to complete this temple.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these visits, please contact me.contact me.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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A collection of historic photos of Logan.

Photo Title Description
Dora Wright

about 1935
Dora Wright was the second director of the Logan Library. Click here for more information.

Picture ID: 6L

Source: Logan Library Photo Collection-Library History
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Mayors of Logan

John A. Crockett
20th Mayor of Logan

John A. Crockett Dates in Office: 1922-1926
Terms in Office: 2
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From Logan's History

1992

~ The Logan Transit District [Now Cache Valley Transit District] was established to provide free bus service in Logan City.