at the confluence of the San Pitch River and Cottonwood Creek, Fairview
is the largest town in the northeast end of the Sanpete Valley. Founded
in 1859, soon after the resettlement of nearby Mt. Pleasant, Fairview
was one of the first new towns established during the second wave of Mormon settlement in Sanpete County.
with the possibilities of the area while gathering wild hay there in
early 1859, Warren P. Brady and Jehu Cox wrote to Brigham Young asking
for permission to create a settlement. The pragmatic church president
responded, "If there is water for thirty families, you have my permission."
At an organizing meeting held on 1 October 1859 in Mt. Pleasant, James
N. Jones was chosen to lead a band of about twenty families interested
in the new colonizing opportunity. The town site was surveyed and by
the end of 1860 a large log meeting house had been completed to house
church, school, and social functions. Rows of poplars were planted, streets were graded, and fences were constructed as Fairview took on
the appearance of the ubiquitous "Mormon Village." In 1864 the town
obtained a post office and forsook its original name of North Bend in
favor of the more descriptive name Fairview, because it "commands an
excellent view of the great granary extending south even beyond Manti,
thirty miles distant."