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150 Year Old Minute Book
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The City of Logan will celebrate its sesquicentennial on January 17th as the city's charter was granted by the Territorial Assembly on January 17, 1866. The first council minute book details the efforts to organize the first administration: an election was held on March 5, 1866 and on March 14th the elected officials met to officially organize under the charter.

Over the past year an effort was made with Utah State University to digitize this minute book which covers the years 1866 to 1886, the first twenty years after the incorporation of the city under charter. In addition, the original council book is now on display in the Virginia Hanson Special Collections room of the Logan Library.


Thanks goes to the Digital Public Library of America and the Mountain West Digital Library for funding the digitization of this minute book.

~ Jason Cornelius, Special Collections Librarian

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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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Edith Bowen and the Library
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Edith Bowen is a name that is well known throughout Cache Valley. She was an influential early educator, and her name is well known today for her namesake, the Edith Bowen Laboratory School on USU campus.

Recently my interest was peeked when I learned that she was also a long serving board member for our library. While combing through the board minutes, I discovered a letter, dated October 2, 1939, tendering her resignation from the board. I was touched by her handwritten words of support for libraries!

~ Jason Cornelius, Special Collections Librarian

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Cache County Relic Hall
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Logan and Cache Valley in general is blessed with strong pioneer history. This heritage is often represented in buildings, many of which are still standing all around us. However, some have been razed through the years as is the case for the old Cache County Relic Hall.

Recently I communicated with Elisabeth Carroll of Salt Lake City who has written a history of this structure. Beginning as an old stone barn in the late 1860s, the building later became part of Brigham Young College campus, and finally a Relic Hall for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in 1927. It may have been heavily damaged after the 1962 earthquake and subsequently razed, but the exact date is unknown.

Feel free to contact me if you have any further information you would like to share.

~ Jason Cornelius, Special Collections Librarian

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Local Railroads
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The railroad was an important part of living in Cache Valley during the nineteenth century. Settlers first began arriving in 1856, and by 1868 the transcontinental railroad was completed just slightly west of here in neighboring Box Elder County.

Local community leaders began planning a branch line to Cache Valley in 1871. From that point on goods were easily shipped in and out of the valley, resulting in a better standard of living throughout.

Check out the following sources to learn more:


~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Lady Lyric Turns 100
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The people of Cache Valley have a long tradition for loving the theater. After the unfortunate destruction of the Thatcher Opera House by fire in 1912, the elegant and practical Lyric Theater was constructed to help fill the void until a larger theater could be built. It was completed in 1913 and this year it celebrates its 100th birthday. This history of this gem of the community has been retold in a new hour long documentary.

Come and join us on one of the following days for a free showing of the film:


  • Thursday, June 12th at 3:00 PM

  • Thursday, June 26th at 3:00 PM

  • Thursday, July 10th at 3:00 PM

  • Wednesday, July 23rd at 3:00 PM

  • Thursday, August 7th at 3:00 PM

~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Bear Lake Monster
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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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This Day in History
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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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Has it been cold outside?
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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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Logan Mayoral Election
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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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