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Cache County

Cache County was formed in 1856 and was named after a cache, a place the early trappers (such as Jim Bridger and Peter Skene Ogden) hid their pelts and supplies for safe-keeping. Early prehistoric hunters and gatherers may have been in the area as much as 10,000 years ago. The settlement of Cache Valley began in 1855, but the first permanent settlement was set-up by Peter Maughan in 1856 called Maughan’s Fort in the present town of Wellsville. The completion of the Utah Northern Railroad from Brigham City to Logan, in 1873, opened new markets for the county’s grain and dairy products.

Cache county is still the state’s agricultural leader in dairy products and other farm products such as grains, hay, and alfalfa. The city of Logan, the county seat, has about half of the county’s population and is home of Utah State University (USU). The founding of USU in 1888 has provided farmers across the state with the latest scientific research in farming. The university has grown to be the largest employer in the county offering almost all academic subjects and has become a cultural resource for the community.

Created: 1856 Area: 1,164 square mile County seat: Logan Origin of name: derived its name from a French word meaning "to hide," and was so named because early trappers cached their furs, traps, ammunition and supplies in this region.


This is a picture of the older portion of town of Hyrum, Utah. Unlike some of the small rural communities in the state, Hyrum continues to grow, not only as a bedroom community for nearby Logan, but also is gaining additional businesses and industries of its own.

The Old Main Building is included in the register of historic sites. It has come to symbolize the honor and tradition of Utah State University. Old Main houses many classrooms and offices.

Mendon, Cache County. The wheat in the far field will be ready to be harvested by a combine in about a month.

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