Cache Valley/Logan Area Mormon History Sites
Logan, Utah, is a quaint agricultural town located in beautiful Cache Valley. With mountains on both sides of the city, many people consider pastoral Logan to be the most beautiful city in Utah. Drive through scenic Logan Canyon in the fall for a breathtaking tour of this quiet destination.
Below are listed some Mormon historic sites in the Logan area. This is not an exhaustive list, and visitors looking to see some of the more obscure or less popular historic sites are encouraged to research other sites of interest before visiting the area. (Note: Some information on this page is taken from William C. and Eloise Anderson's book, Guide to Mormon History Travel.)
The Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Logan Temple, Logan
Dedicated in 1884 by church president John Taylor, the Logan Temple was the second built in Utah. Sitting atop a small hill, the building towers over the rest of the pastoral area. Its unique design—it was constructed using dark-colored, siliceous limestone giving it a European look—makes it a particularly memorable place to visit. Although the temple is not open to the general public, all are welcome to enjoy the beautifully groomed temple grounds.
Logan Tabernacle, Logan
At the center of town sits this true pioneer landmark. The Logan Tabernacle seats 2,000; its organ pipes all the way across the front of the hall. Those interested in pioneer craftsmanship will be particularly pleased by the interior of the building. It is open for tours during summer months.
American West Heritage Center, Wellsville
Living history special events throughout the year, Regular summer activities take place May 15 - Oct 17. Special events include handcart treks and pioneer lifestyle activities. Open daily 10-4 and closed Sun & Mon.
Old Rock Church, Providence
Known as the "Old Rock Church," the Providence Inn Bed & Breakfast is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its "Architectural and Historical Significance." The building is located at 10 South Main Street in Providence, Utah.
Brigham City Tabernacle, Brigham City
Brigham City, located about 20 miles southeast of Logan, is home to another architectural gem of the pioneer era. The Brigham City Tabernacle is perhaps the best example of the style often called "Utah gothic." Its tall front tower is flanked by sixteen smaller pointed towers at intervals around the building. Tours of the Brigham City Tabernacle are available during the summer.
Lorenzo Snow Gravesite, Brigham City
Visit the gravesite of the fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Brigham City cemetery.
Old Tabernacle, Wellsville
Wellsville, established in 1856, was the first Mormon settlement in Cache Valley. Its original tabernacle has been restored and is open to the public. The interior design is particularly unique, with the pulpit in one corner and benches angling out from it.
The "Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew" pageant is performed each August.
Martin Harris Gravesite at Clarkston
The town of Clarkston is located north of Logan on Rt. 142. One of Clarkston's earliest settlers was Martin Harris, who played a major role in the establishment of the Mormon Church and the publication of the Book of Mormon in Palmyra, New York, in 1830. Harris died here in 1875, and his gravesite is well marked in the Clarkston Cemetery.
In addition to the Martin Harris Gravesite, an annual pageant, "Martin Harris: The Man Who Knew," is held in Clarkston in mid-August at an open-air theater near the cemetery. The pageant focuses on the life of Martin Harris and describes his devotion to his testimony that the Book of Mormon is, as Joseph Smith claimed, true scripture. Tickets are required and can be obtained by writing to P.O. Box 151, Clarkston, UT 84305 or by calling (435) 563-0059.
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