Founded in 1859, Logan, a city of approximately 33,000, is located on
the east side of Cache Valley in northern Utah at the mouth of Logan
6 June 1859 a small group of Mormon settlers sent to Cache Valley by Brigham Young surveyed a fort site near the banks of the Logan River and began harvesting logs for houses. By the middle of the month, the
first drawing for parcels of land took place. A second group plowed
land and planted three acres of wheat on 10 June on an area called "the
island." They constructed two rows of cabins facing each other, patterning
the settlement after Salt Lake City, including streets wide enough for
several vehicles to pass each other. By March 1860 there were 100 houses
in the settlement, which was named Logan after an early trapper, Ephraim
Logan. The city was incorporated on 17 January 1866 and Alvin Crockett
was elected Logan's first mayor.
not the first white settlement in Cache Valley, Logan became the principal
city because of its central location and its abundant water supply for
mills and irrigation. Farmers and their families gathered there to buy
and sell; industries grew to service the community. Eventually, Logan
became the county seat for Cache County.