one of three small communities comprising what is known as "Ogden Valley,"
and is the only incorporated town of the three; the other two communities
are Eden and Liberty. Huntsville is located twelve miles east of Ogden
City up Ogden Canyon. Its elevation is just under 5,000 feet; the 1990
census showed a population of 561 in the town itself.
In 1825 Peter
Skene Ogden came from the Bear Lake region and camped and trapped in
the area. The distinction of being the first white man to set foot in
the valley after Utah was settled belongs to Thomas Abbott of Farmington,
Utah. He came in 1848 with several companions by way of Weber Canyon and passed on up South Fork and over to the Bear Lake country on a trip
of exploration ordered by Brigham Young. The men returned the same way.
In 1854, under
the leadership of David Moore and Charles F. Middleton of Ogden, others
were sent into the valley by Brigham Young to search for a route to
Fort Bridger. They traversed North Ogden Pass with pack animals and
one supply wagon, which had to be lowered down by ropes. After exploring
the valley, they continued up the South Fork of the Ogden River and
returned by the divide into Weber Valley.