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Friday, 10 February 2012
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A trolley car in Logan?
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This week a Logan City employee showed me an antique bond she had purchased. Printed in January 1913 for the Logan Rapid Transit Company, this is a beautiful piece of pre-World War I locomotive and local history.

Founded in January of 1910 by several prominent business men including David Eccles, the Logan Rapid Transit Company established a trolley car that went from the train depot (now Cafe Sabor) east to Main Street, north to 4th North and from there up to College Hill. By 1912 the route had been extended to stretch north to Smithfield and south to Providence. In 1914 a additional track was laid westward to Box Elder County where it connected with other tracks that had already been laid. In the days of slow and tedious horse and buggy travel, one could travel to Salt Lake in only 5 hours!

By the mid-1920's the train system began to suffer when it came into competition with automobiles. By 1926, some of electric rail lines had already been discontinued. Although it hung on for a couple of more decades, the last of the electric rail lines was abandoned in March of 1947.


[Select Bond 1, Bond 2, and Bond 3 to see scanned images of the Rapid Transit Company bond.]

Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 4:55 PM
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Monday, 19 December 2011
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Logan Historical Newspapers
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Recently an editorial in the Herald Journal revealed the existence of the Cache-American Newspaper which ran during the 1930's and 1940's here in Logan. As was reported, the Logan Library has the newspaper on microfilm for patrons to use. What was not mentioned was that there have been a number of newspaper titles in Logan over the years.

Check out the list of titles below:


  • The Logan Leader (1879-1882)
  • The Utah Journal (1882-1889)
  • The Logan Journal (1889-1891)
  • The Journal (1892-1931)
  • The Herald Journal (1931-current)
  • The Cache American (1931-1949)
  • The Cache Valley Daily Herald (1928-1931)
  • The Logan Republican (1902-1924)
  • There likely were other titles which ran for a short time. Many of the titles listed above are available in the library on microfilm.


    ~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian
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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 1:02 PM
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
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Logan Fire Department History
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Local historian, Larry D. Christiansen has recently published an online article on the history of the Logan Fire Department during the 1880's and 90's. It details the gradual development of the department as it struggled to protect Logan with only a volunteer organization. The article also explains how the city acquired better fire suppression equipment during that period of time. Read his article to better understand the history of the department in the 19th century.

The fire department didn't become a paid or professional department until 1917. It has worked since that time to protect the lives and property of our city. Check out its website for current facts about the Logan Fire Department.


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~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian
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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 6:51 PM
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