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Bear Lake Monster
Monday, 24 March 2014
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If you've lived in Cache Valley for any length of time, you may have heard about a monster just over the mountains in Bear Lake. The existance of the monster was reported by Mormon pioneers of the Bear Lake Valley as early as 1863, but you'll have to decide for yourself if you believe that it exists or not!

Check out the following sources to learn more:


~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 12:39 PM in Category:History Tidbits
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This Day in History
Saturday, 1 February 2014
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Have you wondered what happened in the past on this day in Cache Valley?

One way to find out is by reading historical newspapers. Currently, many local papers are available for you to search online, and content online continues to grow! In fact, the Logan Library is currently working to digitize the Cache American which was published here in the valley from 1931 to 1947. Other newspaper are available through the Utah Digital Newspaper Project.

If you would like to become part of this volunteer effort, please fill out the online form or contact me for more information.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 5:15 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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Has it been cold outside?
Monday, 30 December 2013
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This time of year, we often hear conversation about the temperatures, usually exclaiming about how cold it has been. Cache Valley has a reputation in Utah of being rather cold. This might lead someone to ask: what are normal temperatures one can expect in Cache Valley?

As it happens, over the past month it actually has been colder than the multiyear average. On December 9 the low temperature was -14°F, compared to the average for that day of 18°F, a difference of 32°F. We also had a cold spell that lasted from December 3 to December 19, 17 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. Additionally, 81% of the days in December had lower than average low temperatures.

This and historical statistics can be found on our Community Profile page.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 12:41 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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Logan Mayoral Election
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
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As has happened 36 times in the past, Logan residents have chosen themselves a new mayor. On November 5th, H. Craig Petersen was elected to start a four year term in January.

Wonder who our past mayors were? Check out a database, maintained by our library staff. Short bios are available for the deceased former mayors.

If you have any suggestions or additions, please feel free to come in and speak to us or contact me.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 2:22 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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Obituary/Newspaper Article Lookups
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
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Family or personal history researchers often contact us with lookup requests for obituaries or historic newspaper articles. The staff and volunteers of the special collections are happy to conduct a search and make copies.

Because there is not an index to our newspaper archive, we require a starting point to begin our search. In the case of obituaries, we normally search the week of newspapers after an individual's death. The library only charges for this service if the request includes a large number of copied pages.

If you would like to submit a lookup request, please fill out the online form.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 4:44 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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Logan City Polk Directories
Thursday, 29 August 2013
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Often, we get requests for Polk Directories. Printed nearly every year, these directories are helpful to locate individuals by name or identify who was living at a certain address in the past.

We have an extensive collection, available for the community to use. Our print volumes go back to 1929 with the years before the fifties having sporadic coverage. We also have a collection on microfilm that overlaps the print collection and goes back to 1904.

Other directories may also be used as an alternative:


If you would like the library to look someone up for you, Contact me.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 1:51 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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Pioneers in Your Attic
Friday, 16 August 2013
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The Logan Public Library in conjunction with USU Digital Initiatives and other public libraries are hosting a series of promotional events. Pioneers in Your Attic is a project with the goal of finding and digitizing historical materials in the community. These digital copies would then be placed online for current and future researchers to use.

The scope of the project includes the years 1846 to 1869 in the American West. Additional time periods may be a focus at a future date.

Come join us next Thursday night, August 22, at 7:00 PM in the Virginia Hanson Special Collections Room.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 11:40 AM in Category:Event
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Another Way to Access Historical Photographs
Saturday, 6 July 2013
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As we add more content to our digital collections, there's been a desire to find a way to add the photographs to an online map. This would allow us to better understand where the photographs were taken and how things have changed over time. We have therefore begun to experiment with HistoryPin.

Go to the site and give us some feedback on what you think!

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 4:13 PM in Category:Announcements / News
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1875 Logan Bird's Eye View Map
Monday, 3 June 2013
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While organizing and sorting through some historical materials, I found an article which appeared in the Deseret News newspaper in January 1973. It detailed some of the history behind a bird's eye view map of Logan which now hangs on the wall in our special collections.

The map was given to former Mayor Fjeldsted by then librarian Virginia Hanson. The map appears to be an original from the nineteenth century and has since been digitized by USU Special Collections for inclusion on the Mountain West Digital Library.

Come in to the library to view this interesting piece of Logan history or contact me with any questions.

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 3:15 PM in Category:History Tidbits
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Cache County Fallen Officers
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

In commemoration of this, we remember the officers of the law who have died while serving the citizens of Cache Valley and elsewhere. The following is a list of those that I'm aware of in the Valley:


Willard R. Dahle, Logan City Police Department, died May 4, 1929.

Deputy Alma P. Sorenson, Cache County Sheriff's Office, August 27, 1959.

Officer Edwin L. Edwards, Logan City Police Department, August 27, 1959.

Lieutenant James R. Merrill, Cache County Sheriff's Office, January 5, 1974.

Deputy Charles H. Dickey, Jr., Cache County Sheriff's Office, March 18, 1984.

See the following sources:


~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian
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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 12:17 PM in Category:History Tidbits
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