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Cache Valley is a broad agricultural valley in northern Utah and southern Idaho in the United States. It extends approximately 50 mi (80 km) north from Avon, Utah to north of Preston, Idaho along the west side of the Bear River Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Wasatch Range, and along the east side of the Wellsville Mountains (in Utah) and the Bannock Range (in Idaho). It is largely drained and irrigated by the Bear River and its tributaries, into the watershed of the Great Salt Lake. The cultural and economic hub of the region is Logan, Utah, home to Utah State University.

Cache Valley, looking south

The name 'Cache Valley' is also typically used to describe the Logan Metro and Cache County areas.

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In the early 19th century the valley was inhabited by Shoshone and other Native Americans. It was also the site of annual gatherings of the mountain men who inhabited the area. They used the valley as a place to trade furs, and the name of the valley, coming from the French word cache meaning hidden, comes from the practice of the mountain men who kept some of their stock of pelts in the valley to prepare for the gatherings.

In the late 1850s the valley was the site of early Mormon settlements. The first Mormon settler was William Gardner in 1852, older brother of Archibald Gardner. As the first Mormon (LDS) settlers including Brigham Young moved close to the area they began early contacts with Jim Bridger. Bridger recommended that the settlers first move into Cache Valley due to its relative abundance of fresh water. Instead, Brigham Young decided to settle in the area that has since become Salt Lake City, Utah. Yet Brigham Young later used the area for summer and fall grazing of several thousand cattle. An early snow storm covered all feed sources killing all but 800 head, which caused Brigham Young to find other grazing areas.In 1856, Peter Maughan was chosen by Brigham Young to take a small colony into Cache Valley and commence the settlement of it. Peter Maughan, his son William H. Maughan, George Bryan, John Tate, Morgan Morgan and Zial Riggs arrived in Cache Valley over the Sardine route in July 1856. They were much impressed with the Valley and decided to locate in the south end where Wellsville is. They returned at once to Tooele County for their families. September 15th, 1856, the following arrived in Cache Valley and became the first real settlers and colonizers here: Peter Maughan, his wife and sons, William H. Maughan and John Maughan, Zial Riggs, George Bryan, Francis W. Gunnell, Orange D. Thompson and families.

As the LDS settlers began to prosper they began to create new settlements in other areas of the American mountain west. One of their early settlements included Logan, Utah and the eventual influx of people helped create the large number of towns that can now be found in Cache Valley. In fact, due to the strong historical ties to the people within the valley, special agreements between the states of Utah and Idaho used to allow students who live in the Idaho portion of the valley to attend Utah State University at the same cost as Utah residents. This policy has changed, however, in recent years.

In 1863 it was the site of the Bear River Massacre.

Noteable

Cache Valley was featured in the 2004 hit movie Napoleon Dynamite. The movie takes place in Preston, Idaho and was filmed entirely in the valley communities of Preston and Franklin, Idaho as well as Richmond, Utah. Maps are available in Preston, Idaho with all of the filming places of the movie marked. The tour allows visitors to the city to see all of the movie landmarks and get a feel for the community in general.

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Coordinates: 38°44′N 109°29′W / 38.73°N 109.48°W / 38.73; -109.48


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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The Wasatch Front is a region of Utah. It occupies the north central part of the state and is the home of Salt Lake City, the state's largest city and capital, as well as a majority of the state's population. The region includes the counties of Wasatch, Salt Lake, Utah, Morgan, Cache, Davis, Weber, Rich, and the western half of Summit County (west of longitude 111W).

  • Salt Lake City - capital of the state, center of the LDS church and home of Temple Square, site of Salt Lake City International Airport; population about 180,000
  • Bountiful - suburb immediately north of Salt Lake City; population 45,000
  • Draper -
  • Layton - rapidly-growing bedroom community south of Ogden, with a growing commercial center; population 65,000
  • Logan - fast-growing city located in Cache Valley and home to Utah State University
  • Murray - mixed-use suburb near the center of the valley; population 45,000
  • Ogden - center of the northern Wasatch Front; old industrial city; population 75,000
  • Orem - mixed-use suburb just north of Provo in the southern Wasatch Front; population 90,000
  • Provo - central city of the southern Wasatch Front and home of BYU; population 115,000
  • Sandy - mostly bedroom community in the southern portion of the valley, with a distinct commercial region; population 90,000
  • Springville - bedroom community just south of Provo, home to the Springville Art Museum; population 20,000
  • Taylorsville - mixed-use suburb just west of center in the Salt Lake Valley; population 55,000
  • West Jordan - rapidly-growing mixed-use suburb west of Sandy; population 95,000
  • West Valley City - large mixed-use suburb southwest of Salt Lake City; population 115,000
  • Alta - Ski resort.
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