Although John C. Fremont had traveled through Wayne County, Utah, in the winter of 1853-54, it was not until 1874 that the first herd of cattle was introduced to Rabbit Valley. Reports soon circulated that here was a new land, conducive to the raising of livestock, and in 1876 about a dozen families entered the valley and began settlement. Families that moved into this area came from various places. Each settler came to make a new life, and came independently of the others. In 1895 the population was nearly 2,000, and by 1970 it had dropped to 1,486.
The Church did not initiate the settlement of Wayne County, Utah, as was happening in other areas, but it still had a great deal of influence because bishops, stake presidents, and other ecclesiastical officers performed both civil and religious functions.
The purpose of this work was to provide a written record of the early history of the settlement and development of Wayne County, Utah.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Chappell, Aldus DeVon, "The Settlement and Development of Wayne County, Utah, to 1900" (1975). Theses and Dissertations. 4589.
Wayne County, Utah, History, Mormon Church, 19th century