Corinne, The Gentile Capital of Utah

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 founders, a group of former U.S. Army officers and non-Mormon merchants from Salt Lake City. They established it on the Union Pacific line, hoping to become the primary transfer point for mines in Montana and elsewhere. It gained a reputation for wild and raucous living, and at one time had fifteen saloons and sixteen liquor stores. The founders even tried to work with Washington, D.C. supporters to get the town named the capital of Utah. Eventually, the “gentiles’” plans were foiled when Brigham Young ordered the construction of the Utah Northern Railroad from Ogden to Franklin, Idaho, bypassing Corinne. The UNR was bought by Union Pacific in 1877, and Corinne’s glory days were over. Now Corinne has both Mormon and non-Mormon residents, and you can see some of its past in its historic buildings, including the small Methodist Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of Corinne are available by appointment.



2499 N 4000 W, Corinne, UT 84307


41.551131607283, -112.11056666373



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