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Thursday, 1 June 2017
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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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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History at 5:15 PM
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Monday, 27 March 2017
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First Four LDS Wards in Logan, Utah
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Because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was directly responsible for permanent settlement of European settlers in Cache Valley, it may not be a surprise to know that there were organized congregations very early in the valley.

On November 14th 1859 William B. Preston was called to be the first LDS bishop in Logan. He served until April 14th 1861 when growth in Logan demanded that the one ward be subdivided into four wards with bishops called for each: Benjamin Lewis (1st Ward), Henry Ballard (2nd Ward), John B. Thatcher (3rd Ward), and Thomas X. Smith (4th Ward). Each of these wards continue to be integral in the religious and cultural makeup of our city to this day.

Check out the following sources to learn more:


~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History at 12:56 PM
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Thursday, 17 September 2015
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Twentieth Anniversary of Local Historian's Death
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This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the loss of Andrew Jeffrey "A.J" Simmonds, prominent Cache Valley historian. For 28 years, Simmonds served as the curator of archives and special collections at Utah State University's Merrill-Cazier Library. He died on the morning of June 18, 1995 in his home in Trenton, Utah.

Mr. Simmonds contributed greatly to the understanding of Cache Valley history. Among his publications found in our library:


~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History at 3:46 PM
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