Settlement of Cache Valley

Landscape view showing unidentified homes and barns in the distance
Landscape view showing homes and barns in the distance
(USU Special Collections & Archives, Raymond C. Somers Photograph Collection P0324 Box 006 Item 314)


Mormon settlers came to Cache Valley in the early 1860s as religious migrants seeking to establish faith-based communities. The first years of settlement were challenging. Settlers skirmished with Native Americans, battled crickets and hunger, and struggled to understand the new landscape and climate they encountered. This section contains firsthand accounts, oral histories, and short stories relating to the settlement of Cache Valley.

Cache Valley

Mendon and Wellsville

Smithfield and Logan