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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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Photo Title Description
Logan Library
90 North 100 East
about 1983
The old Logan Library building was built in 1932 and operated for many years as the Cache County Library. The architect was Mr. Leslie Hodgson. The library moved to its present location in 1985. This photo shows the west side (main entrance) of the old library building.

Picture ID: 6L

Source: Logan Library Photo Collection-Library History
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Mayors of Logan

John H. Anderson
15th Mayor of Logan

John H. Anderson Dates in Office: 1910-1912
Terms in Office: 1
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From Logan's History

1860

April 29 ~ The first company of minutemen was organized with Thomas E. Ricks as captain and George L. Farrell, adjutant.