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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 held a vital role in the pioneer settlement of Cache Valley and encouraged its growth, saying "So far as I know, no other valley in this territory is equal to this."

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 others 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.

  • 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 to celebrate 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.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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A collection of historic photos of Logan.

Photo Title Description
Merlin Olsen Central Park

about 1980
This park was named after the famous Logan native Merlin Olsen. Mr. Olsen played for the Los Angeles Rams for fifteen years and was honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He also had a successful acting career. He portrayed farmer Jonathan Garvey in the television series, The Little House on the Prairie.

Picture ID: 6L

Source: Logan Library Photo Collection-Scenery
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Mayors of Logan

Russell F. Fjeldsted
33rd Mayor of Logan

Russell F. Fjeldsted Dates in Office: 1990-1994
Terms in Office: 1
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From Logan's History

1896

January 4 ~ Utah gained statehood. City of Logan residents enthusiastically gathered for a special program in the Logan LDS Tabernacle.