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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 Old Rock House

    351 East Hooper Ave, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    This is a small house with a big story. The Old Rock House, built in 1896 from rocks originally quarried for a railroad round house, was saved from eventual destruction by the loving care and hard work of its latest owner, Anna Beauregard. The house was built by William Hopkins. He and his wife lived in it until 1919, […]

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    The National Oregon - California Trail Center

    322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254

    History comes to life in this museum where you can interact with costumed guides depicting some of the thousands who traversed the 2,000 miles of the Oregon/California Trails. View a 20-minute historical video, and ride in a bumping covered wagon simulator. Visit Peg Leg Smith’s Gift Shop. Call for events scheduled at the Allinger Community […]

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    The Jailhouse

    365 N Beach Rd, St Charles, ID 83272

    This jailhouse, built in about 1870, was originally Bear Lake County Jail, and was located in Paris. About thirty years ago, the owners of Bear Lake Handicrafts moved the historic building to this site in St. Charles in order to help preserve its history and provide a home for the work of local craftspeople. The jailhouse has also been […]

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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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    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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    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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    Rails and Trails Museum

    322 North 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254

    Local and regional railroad history and artifacts. Located downstairs in the Trail Center.

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    Providence Inn Bed & Breakfast

    10 South Main Street, Providence, UT 84332

    This old Mormon meetinghouse is built of local stone and nestled in the pleasant community of Providence, just south of Logan. Built in 1871, the Old Rock Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is affectionately known as the Old Rock Church. An addition to the Old Rock Church, the Providence Inn Bed & […]

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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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    Pioneering Adventures

    220 West 2nd North Street, Paris, ID 83261

    Pioneer style living farm. Hay wagon & covered wagon rides, Dutch oven dinners, tipi village, camping, reunions and special events, including hand cart treks with Pioneer program. Visit Pioneering Adventures on their website.

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    Pioneer Historic Museum

    112 S Main St, Soda Springs, ID 83276

    The Daughters of Utah Pioneers built this museum in 1983. It features antiques, photographs, and books, depicting local history. Special tours outside the regular hours and days can be arranged by calling the numbers below. Call Sanders Furniture at 208.547.3706 and ask for Linda. Or call 208.547.3831; 208-547-3770.

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    Pioneer Historic Byway

    181 S State St, Franklin, ID 83237

    On this route, travelers can retrace some steps of Idaho’s pioneers and follow the path taken by early-day Yellowstone Park visitors. From Franklin, Idaho’s oldest settlement, it follows US Hwy 91 north to Preston, then Idaho State Hwy 34 north through Thatcher and Grace to US Hwy 30. It then goes east to Soda Springs, where it […]

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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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    Paradise Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

    8970 South 200 West, Paradise, UT 84103

    Artifacts from the early history of Paradise and southern Cache Valley are preserved in this museum which is housed in the old Mormon tithing office.

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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 Pioneer Museum

    27 Bannock Street, Malad, ID 83252

    This local museum is housed in a building that was built in 1914 as a drug store. The original safe and pressed-tin ceiling are still intact. The museum had its origins in a collection of mementos gathered by Miss Hattie Morgan and the Native Daughters of the Idaho Pioneers group in the 1930s. The museum […]

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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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    Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

    Bullen Hall, Logan, UT 84321

    The museum has one of the largest permanent collections in the Intermountain Region, featuring western and international artists, a fine ceramics collection, and Native American Artwork. Regularly changing exhibits bring a variety of fine arts and crafts to patrons.

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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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    Mendon Utah

    Mendon, Utah

    Excellent website with information about the history of Mendon, Utah, produced by local historian Rodney Sorenson. The website includes stories of historical events, oral histories of Mendon residents past and present, annual events, historic buildings and complete cemetery listings.

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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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    Laketown Lodge

    11 North Main Street, Laketown, UT 84321

    This beautifully restored building, built in the early 1900s, was always known as the Rock Store in Laketown, and for many years served the community as its general store. It was saved from demolition in 2005 and underwent a complete ronovation to its present use as a first class lodging facility. The lodge now has 8 bedrooms […]

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    Hyrum City Museum

    50 West Main, Hyrum, UT 84319

    This new Hyrum City museum is still under development in the beautiful new Hyrum City Library/Museum complex. The building was completed in May of 2007 and displays are currently being designed and constructed. Call for more information or to arrange a visit.

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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.