Preston, Idaho, a small agricultural community in northern Cache Valley, in early times was a hunting ground for Indians who camped nearby. The first white men to visit the area were trappers, immigrants and explorers. Mormon settlers had pushed to its borders by 1860.
Unlike most communities of Cache Valley, the greater Preston area, known then as Worm Creek, was settled by individual enterprise. In 1868 Dennis W. Winn became the first settler in that part of Worm Creek known as the "Flat" or "Sandridge" which later became Preston. Other settlers located along Worm Creek to the east.
The Utah Northern Railroad reached Franklin in 1874, hoping to complete a line to Montana. Over 14 miles of bed were graded which passed through Worm Creek and thus provided employment and promoted interest in the area.
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Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Judy, Clarence G., "A History of Preston, Idaho" (1961). All Theses and Dissertations. 4844.
Preston, Idaho, History, Mormons