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Genealogy and Local History at the Virginia Hanson Special Collections
Local Railroads
Friday, 12 September 2014

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.

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~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian


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Historic Photos
A collection of historic photos of Logan.

Photo Title Description
Thatcher Milling and Elevator Company 2
68 West 100 South
about 1935
Built in 1865, the historic Thatcher Mill burned in 1946. The ruins are still visible today.

Picture ID: 6L

Source: Logan Library Photo Collection-Buildings

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Online Resources
Featured databases and websites


Ancestry Library Edition
Access over 2 billion names in more than 3,000 databases to help extend your family trees.
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Logan Library Digital Projects
Includes a growing collection of photographs, abstracts, newspapers, and more - a constantly growing collection on the history of Cache Valley.


  • Logan Maps - Various historical maps of Logan, Utah, many viewable online.

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Mayors of Logan

Newel G. Daines
32nd Mayor of Logan

Newel G. Daines Dates in Office: 1982-1990
Terms in Office: 2

From Logan's History


~ The Logan Diesel Plant (for electricity) was established with a cost of $750,000, including the building and six diesel engines. Nine men were employed at the plant.