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    Worm Creek Opera House

    70 S State St, Preston, ID 83263

    This old theater was named after a creek the flows through Preston. It was reopened about 30 years ago and now serves as a playhouse for students performing in Westside High and Preston High musicals, and performers in general from Northern Utah and Idaho. In between productions put on through Franklin County Theater Arts Council and Northern Cache Valley’s […]

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    Willard Historic District

    99 N Main St, Willard, UT 84340

    The first designated historic district in Utah, the Willard district reflects the Welsh heritage of many of the earliest settlers. The main builder of the homes was Shadrach Jones, a Welsh stonemason, and the homes are mainly Greek Revival and Gothic in style, forming the largest grouping of pioneer stone homes in Utah. Some forty […]

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    Wilford Woodruff Home

    75 South Main Street, Randolph, UT 84064

    This two room log cabin houses artifacts and information about early Mormon leaders. Wilford Woodruff, the third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lived here. The building now serves as a visitors information centers. Tours of the cabin available.

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    Whittier Community Center

    290 North 400 East, Logan, UT 84321

    The Whittier School was built in 1908 and holds school day memories for many locals. It was purcheased from Logan School district in 1992 and has undergone various rehabilitative projects. Each year, another goal is met in keeping up with building standards to make sure that the Whittier School is available for many years of […]

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    Whitney, Idaho

    1599 E 1400 S, Preston, ID 83263

    Originally known as Hull’s Crossing because of the placement of the Hull family farms, Whitney was settled by families from Franklin who had need of extra land for crops. Prior to the building of their homes in 1869, they planted the crops and started farming. In 1888, after the railroad came through, the town was given its present name. To this […]

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    Wellsville Tabernacle

    75 S 100 E Wellsville, UT 84339

    This tabernacle was once used as a meeting house by early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It was built in 1908 and reflects Mormon architecture at the beginning of the twentieth century. Its Gothic English architecture and chapel with balcony, wooden benches and slanting floor are unique among Cache […]

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    Utah State University Campus

    N 1200 E & E 700 N, Logan, UT 84321

    Utah State University was founded as a land grant agricultural college in 1888 and has developed into a major research university, especially in agriculture, natural resources, and space dynamics. The campus is filled with historic buildings and attractive landscaping. The oldest building on campus is Old Main, on the western edge of the campus. Its […]

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    Thomas Corrigan Park

    181 S Main St, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Corrigan Park is located in downtown Soda Springs, Idaho, on the north side of US Highway 30/State Highway 34. It is a pleasant spot to stop and have lunch. While there, you can visit the Galloping Goose and the Dinky Engine, two locomotives that have a part in the history of the town. Between 1922 and 1936 […]

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    The Thatcher-Young Mansion

    35 West 100 South, Logan, UT 84321

    The Thatcher-Young Mansion was built in 1878 by G.W. Thatcher and his wife Mary Ann Angell-Young. The designer of the home is believed to be Mary Ann’s cousin, Truman Angell Jr., who designed the LDS tabernacles in Brigham City and Coalville, Utah, and in Paris, Idaho, as well as the Cache Valley courthouse in Logan, […]

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    The Dansante

    59 South 100 West, Logan, UT 84321

    Built in 1900, the Dansante Building has played a central role in the social life of the Cache Valley community for a century. For decades it served as the valley’s premier dance hall, hosting as many as 3,000 people on major holidays. It later became a clothing factory for two different companies, then fell into […]

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    The Blue Goose

    4426 West 4900 South, Samaria, ID 83252

    Clarence Hughes runs this charming 1892 store, which was moved to the town park in Samaria to keep it from being torn down. It’s a popular hangout for school kids and farmers in the afternoon. He sells local crafts, cookbooks, candy and sodas, and has video rentals. Historic photos and newspaper clippings adorn the walls and […]

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    Soda Springs City Hall

    9 West 2nd South, Soda Springs, Idaho

    This building was built of local lava rock in 1902. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Soda Springs

    200 S Main St, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Why Is It Called Soda Springs? The region around Soda Springs, Idaho, is very active geothermally. Early trapper and pioneer diaries are replete with descriptions of the strange geology in the area. The rocks for miles around were described as being of the “soda formation,” which consisted of mounds of rock created by mineralized water. […]

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    Shoshone Trail

    Forest Road 1052, Preston, ID 83263

    The Shoshone Indians used this trail system to cross the mountains between Cache Valley and Bear Lake Valley, and on into Wyoming. When Mormon settlers came, they used the trail to take mail between the valleys. A marker commemorating the pioneer mail route is located up Cub River Road (County Road 406 which turns off US Hwy 91 about four miles […]

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    Sheep Rock

    1629 Soda Point Power Plant Rd, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Five miles west of Soda Springs is a great stone bluff rising several hundred feet above the Bear River. This is the point at which the Bear makes its sweeping left turn, around the base of Sheep Rock, and heads back south toward the Great Salt Lake. Geologically, it marks the northern end of the […]

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    Samaria Historic District

    4598 S 4400 W, Malad City, ID 83252

    Samaria, about 9 miles southwest of Malad, was once the largest town in the Malad Valley. Settled in 1868 by homesteaders, the town did well until the railroad was routed through Malad. After that, the primary businesses developed around the railroad terminal, and Samaria remained a farming community. A number of historic buildings are in […]

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    Samaria Cemetery and a Local Legend

    4900 W 5000 S, Malad City, ID 83252

    You can find a variety of old and new style headstones in this cemetery, including a headstone for a man’s amputated leg. In 1878, Ben Waldron lost his leg in a threshing accident. The leg was buried on the east side of the cemetery and was given a headstone with a leg carved on it, […]

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    Randolph Historic Jail

    S 1st E St, Randolph, UT 84064

    This three-cell jail was built in 1880 of plank and five tons of spikes. Operated by the local chapter of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. The DUP Museum is a log cabin near the jail, and both sites are owned and operated by the organization. 

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    Providence City Walking Tour

    10 South Main Street, Providence, UT 84332

    Printable walking tour of historic sites and buildings in the city of Providence, Utah

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    Paris Tabernacle

    98 S Main St, Paris, ID 83261

    This Romanesque-style Mormon tabernacle was constructed in 1889 of red sandstone from a quarry 18 miles away. This place of worship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A small museum houses heirlooms and art objects left by […]

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    Oregon Trail Park & Marina

    2424 U.S. 30 Scenic, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Here you can picnic in a place traversed by Oregon Trail travelers. The Oregon Trail, marked by white carsonite markers, heads up from Alexander Reservoir and crosses the road that leads down into the park.

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    Oregon Trail - Bear Lake Scenic Byway

    2842 N Bear Lake Blvd, Fish Haven, UT 83287

    The intersection of US Hwy 89 and US Hwy 30 at Montpelier is the site of the attractive National Oregon-California Trail Center dedicated to the history and scenic wonders of the 2000-mile Oregon-California Trail, part of the largest voluntary migration ever. The sites in this area are documented in diaries of the emigrants, in military records, by early mountain men, and […]

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    Oneida Stake Academy

    90 E Oneida St, Preston, ID 83263

    The Oneida Stake Academy was one of many schools founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was started in 1888 in Frankiln, Idaho. When the time came in 1889 to build a building for the academy, Preston was chosen as the location because it was centrally located in the region. It is […]

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    Oneida County Courthouse

    10 W Court St, Malad City, ID 83252

    This is an Art Deco brick veneer building built in 1939 as part of a WPA project. It has an elaborate terra cotta entry.

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    Old Morgan Pea Factory

    510 S Main St, Smithfield, UT 84335

    In 1920 the Morgan Pea Factory, located on the west side of Main Street in Smithfield, began business. It was later bought by Del Monte Foods and has since been turned into a can-making factory. Look for the brick building with the original name built into the masonry.

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    Montpelier Historic Old Town

    661 Washington St, Montpelier, ID 83254

    Visit “Old Town” Montpelier, take photos of the bears (carved), where signs in front of the buildings describe the history of the area. Look for the Bank of Montpelier, which was robbed by Butch Cassidy in 1896. Cassidy and his pals got away with over $16,000. The Montpelier Historic District that is on the National […]

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    Logan’s Historic Downtown

    199 N Main St, Logan, UT 84321

    Many beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and buildings are located in Logan. You won’t want to miss the Bluebird Cafe, the Logan Tabernacle, or the Episcopal Church. A 45-minute downtown walking tour guide can be picked up at tourist information center located in the Historic County Courthouse. The Logan Center Street Historic District (listed on the National […]

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    Logan Tabernacle

    100 North Main, Logan, UT 84321

    The Tabernacle was completed in 1891 and is a striking example of an early Mormon pioneer public meetinghouse.  A beautiful pipe organ was installed in 1908 and the building is used for Church conferences, community concerts, and other presentations.  An extensive genealogy library is located in the basement of the building where volunteers can help […]

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    Logan Mormon Temple

    175 North 300 East, Logan, UT 84321

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple is an easily visible icon of the Cache Valley landscape. The edifice was designed by Mormon architect Truman O. Angell, and built from 1877-1884 by the donated labor of early pioneers. The modified Gothic building rests on a terrace of the ancient Lake Bonneville, and the exterior was built out […]

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    Last Chance Canal

    2120 Last Chance Ln, Grace, ID 83241

    Without the extensive networks of irrigation canals created by settlers of this region, farming as it now exists would have been impossible in this arid area. Residents created cooperatives to organize the use of the water, with families owning shares that gave them the right to irrigate their land on a scheduled basis. The water […]

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    Hudspeth Cutoff

    Hudspeths Cutoff Rd, Bancroft, ID 83217

    This is a branch of the Oregon Trail. On July 19, 1849, Benoni M. Hudspeth, captain of a wagon train headed for California, and John Myers, the wagon train’s guide, decided to open a new wagon route to shorten the northern and more established route through Fort Hall. Instead of following the main trail northwest, […]

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    Hooper Spring Park

    1821 Government Dam Rd, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    Free, clear sparkling soda water still is available in a beautiful Soda Springs city park located two miles north from the center of town. A prime attraction for more than 160 years, soda water from these springs was known nationally after rail service reached this resort area in 1882. W.H. Hooper, Salt Lake City’s leading […]

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    Honeyville Stone Houses Scenic Drive

    6955 Utah 38, Honeyville, UT 84314

    Drive north from Brigham City along Highway 38, and you will see many late-nineteenth-century stone houses built from locally-quarried stone and generally reflecting vernacular building styles of the period. These charming private residences were built by pioneers and are now a part of the picturesque scenery on the drive between Brigham City and Honeyville.

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    Henry Store

    3291 Idaho 34, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    This old store in Henry, Idaho, was originally built as a trading post for Indians, trappers, and later gold miners from Caribou Mountain. Also known as Chester Store by locals, after one of the owners. The original building was destroyed by fire, and the current building was constructed in 1913. Henry Store is no longer in business […]

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    Hatch House and Doney House

    125 East Main, Franklin, ID 83237

    The Hatch house is a Greek Revival style house built with local limestone in 1872 by Lorenzo H. Hatch, one of the earliest settlers of Franklin. A carpenter and farmer, he was the first Mormon Idaho legislator and served as mayor and Mormon bishop of Franklin. Since Hatch was the local bishop, he built his house large enough to […]

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    Guston Borglum Monument

    1 Main St, St Charles, ID 83272

    This monument honors the birthplace of Guston Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

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    Grace Fish Hatchery

    Fish Hatchery Ln, Grace, ID 83241

    Come watch newly hatched fish (fry and fingerlings), learn about fish reproduction and stocking, and maybe try your luck in a nearby creek! This fish hatchery was built in 1946 and supplies fish stock to southeast Idaho lakes, rivers, and streams. The primary fish produced in the hatchery’s 16 vats and raceways is rainbow trout. […]

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    Georgetown Relief Society Hall

    161 Third NW Street, Georgetown, ID 83239

    This small pioneer building is over 125 years old and in its early days functioned as a school, local chapel, and meeting hall.

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    Franklin Relic Hall

    111 East Main, Franklin, ID 83237

    The village of Franklin is the oldest European-American settlement in Idaho, having been established in April, 1860 by Mormon pioneers moving northward from Utah. The Relic Hall, a museum of local history, is housed in a log building that was built as a museum in 1937 as homage to the log homes of the early […]

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    Formation Springs and Cave

    2942 Trail Canyon Rd, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    This preserve established by the Nature Conservancy protects crystal-clear pools and a unique wetland complex at the base of the scenic Aspen Mountains. The cold springs that feed the terraced pools and creek system deposit high concentrations of travertine (calcium carbonate), which gives the site its unique geology. Perhaps the most impressive physical feature is […]

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    Fairview Cemetery

    164 S 1st St W, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    This old cemetery is home to several interesting graves. The Wagon Box Grave is the 1861 burial site of an Oregon Trail emigrant family of seven killed by Indians and buried together in the wagon box from their covered wagon. You can also find a Morrisite headstone. The Morrisites were followers of Joseph Morris who […]

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    Ezra Taft Benson Home and Gravesite

    2003 East 800 South, Whitney, Idaho

    Whitney was the boyhood home of Ezra Taft Benson who served as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration, and as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1985 to 1994. The home in which he was raised and the red gambrel roofed barn sill stand on the family farm. The home […]

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    Evans Co-op Building and True Value Hardware

    25 North Main Street, Malad 83252

    This block housed the first department store in Idaho, the Evans Co-op, which was part of the Mormon cooperative movement of the 1860s, in which local production and purchasing was encouraged through cooperatives. The block, including both the co-op building and the old J.N. Ireland Bank, is on the National Register. The co-op is now […]

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    Ellen Eccles Theatre

    43 South Main, Logan, UT 84321

    This historic theater was built in 1913 by the Thatchers, a prominent family who loved plays and operas. A wing was added onto the theatre in 2001 and the building was beautifully refurbished. The theatre is home to a summer repertory season and other performances during the year. The beautiful building offers a splendid and charming […]

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    Corinne, The Gentile Capital of Utah

    2499 N 4000 W, Corinne, UT 84307

    The town of Corinne, Utah, was established in 1869 and for about a decade, it was known as “The Gentile Capital of Utah.” (In Utah, the common use of the term “gentile” usually refers to non-Mormons rather than non-Jews, though it is used both ways.) The town was established to be just that by its […]

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    City of Malad

    331 50 N, Malad City, ID 83252

    The town of Malad got its name from the fact that when Donald McKenzie brought a party of trappers through the area between 1818 and 1821, they drank the river water and got sick. The Frenchmen named the river the Malad, meaning illness. The town was settled in 1862, after the passage of the Homestead […]

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    Camp Connor Site

    262 South 3rd St W, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    General Patrick Edward Connor, with California and Nevada volunteers, was ordered by President Lincoln to protect the overland travel routes in the West. (This is the same Connor who led his troops to slaughter upwards of 300 Shoshone Indians at the Bear River Massacre in January, 1863. Please see the Cache Valley, Idaho, section of […]

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    Caine Lyric Theatre

    28 West Center, Logan, UT 84321

    This theatre was built in 1913 by the Thatchers, a locally prominent family who loved plays and operas. A wing was added in 2001, and the building was beautifully refurbished. A ghost that is partial to Shakespeare is said to haunt the theatre. Actors who have worked here claim that the ghost has been heard […]