There is a beautiful, small city in Northern Utah, near the borders of Idaho and Wyoming, called Logan. It is situated in the Cache Valley, a large valley of farmland nestled in the heart of our great Northern-Utah Mountains. Cache Valley is a beautiful, secluded area found just 80 miles north of Salt Lake City on Highway 89. The personality of Logan is seen largely in the physical attributes of the land. There is fantastic hiking, mountain biking, camping, and excellent fishing nearby. However, for a more intimate view of Logan it is necessary to look into the history of the area.
Logan has a rich history. In the early nineteenth century, hunters and trappers came frequently into Cache Valley. There was an abundance of game. Cache is a French word that means to hide or save away. Fur trappers would often bury packets or "caches" of pelts in the ground of the valley for storage while they did more hunting or other work, thus the name Cache Valley. Cache Valley is also known as Bridgerland. It was named for Jim Bridger, a trapper and explorer who lived there and who later became a major factor in the settling of the West.
Thousands of Mormon Pioneers came into and settled the Salt Lake valley in the late 1840s. In June of 1859, Mormon leader Brigham Young sent a small group north to Cache Valley to build a cattle ranch. They built log homes, lived on the banks of local rivers, and plowed and planted acres of wheat in the valley. They named the new community Logan after Ephraim Logan, one of the early trappers who had lived in the area. Logan was incorporated into a city on 17 January 1866.
One local site of historical significance is the Logan Tabernacle, found at 50 North Main. In December of 1864, Ezra T. Benson (an Apostle of the LDS Church) had a meeting with the members of the Church in Logan in which they decided to build a tabernacle. Although construction began in the spring of 1865, the building was not completed until 1891. One reason for this delay was that in 1877, the Church decided to build a temple in Logan. The construction of the temple was given first priority, and tabernacle construction was put on hold for several years. In November 1891, President Wilford Woodruff dedicated the completed Logan Tabernacle. Today the LDS Church uses the building for religious meetings; visitors are always welcome.
Located between 2nd and 3rd North and 2nd and 3rd East in Logan, the LDS Temple is another site of historic significance. The temple grounds comprise a full city block of approximately 10 acres. The building itself is a sacred and important place for members of the Mormon Church. Citizens of Logan were anxious to build and have a temple near home in Cache Valley. The Logan Temple was completed and dedicated in 1884. It was the third Mormon temple to be erected in Utah.
Logan is also home to Utah State University. It was first established in 1888 as the Agricultural College of Utah, then it later became known as Utah State Agricultural College. Years later, it was finally named Utah State University. Today, it is still a large, well-respected school with more than 20,000 students from many different parts of the United States and the rest of the world.
Tourists are welcome to visit Logan. The Cache Chamber of Commerce is an excellent source of tourist information. It shares an office with the Bridgerland Tourist Information Center at 160 North Main Street in Logan. Here, visitors are given written instructions for taking a 45-minute self-guided walking tour of Logan's Historic Main Street. This tour highlights many historic sites and gives a detailed description of their importance.
Logan is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Utah. Rich in history and scenic beauty, Bridgerland looks forward to greeting you.
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