Utah County Histories

Utah’s original seven counties were established under the provisional State of Deseret in 1849. The first legislature re-created the original counties plus three more under territorial law. All other counties were established between 1854 and 1894 by the Utah Territorial Legislature except for Daggett and Duchesne created by popular vote and by gubernatorial proclamation after Utah became a state.

Flag of UtahThe Utah Territory was much smaller than the proposed state of Deseret, but it still contained all of the present states of Nevada and Utah as well as pieces of modern Wyoming and Colorado. It was created with the Compromise of 1850, and Fillmore, named after President Millard Fillmore, was designated the capital. The territory was given the name Utah after the Ute tribe of Native Americans. Salt Lake City replaced Fillmore as the territorial capital in 1856.

The detailed reports of life in Utah caused the administration of James Buchanan to send a secret military “expedition” to Utah. When the supposed rebellion should be quelled, Alfred Cumming would take the place of Brigham Young as territorial governor.

In October of 1861 Salt Lake City became the last link of the First Transcontinental Telegraph. Brigham Young was among the first to send a message, along with Abraham Lincoln and other officials.

Because of the American Civil War, federal troops were pulled out of Utah Territory in 1861. This was a boon to the local economy as the army sold everything in camp for pennies on the dollar before marching back east to join the war.

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  1. LEVI E. YOUNG, CHIEF EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF UTAH, LAKESIDE PRESS, 1912
  2. MARINUS J. JENSEN, EARLY HISTORY OF PROVO, 1924
  3. HISTORY OF SALT LAKE CITY
  4. HISTORY OF SANPETE AND EMERY COUNTIES UTAH. , W H LEVER, 1898
  5. HISTORY OF UTAH, 1540-1887
  6. ORSON F. WHITNEY, HISTORY OF UTAH: COMPRISING PRELIMINARY CHAPTERS ON PREVIOUS HISTORY OF HER FOUNDERS, ACCOUNTS OF EARLY SPANISH AND AMERICAN EXPLORATIONS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION, THE ADVENT OF THE MORMON PIONEERS, THE ESTABLISHMENT AND DISSOLUTION OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF DESERET, AND THE SUBSEQUENT CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY, G. Q. CANNON & SONS CO., 1892
  7. ORSON F. WHITNEY, POPULAR HISTORY OF UTAH, DESERET NEWS, 1916
  8. LEVI E. YOUNG, THE FOUNDING OF UTAH, C. SCRIBNER’S & SONS, 1923
  9. GEORGE E. BLAIR, THE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE UTAH. , ,
  10. EDWARD W TULLIDGE, TULLIDGE’S HISTORIES (VOLUME II), CONTAINING THE HISTORY OF ALL THE NORTHERN, EASTERN AND WESTERN COUNTIES OF UTAH, SALT LAKE CITY, UT : JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR, 1889
  11. ROBERT W. SLOAN, UTAH GAZETTEER AND DIRECTORY OF LOGAN, OGDEN, PROVO AND SALT LAKE CITIES, FOR 1884. , HERALD PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1884
  12. NOBLE WARRUM, EDITOR ASSISTED BY HON. CHARLES W. MORSE FOR BENCH AND BAR AND W. BROWN EWING, M. D., FOR THE MEDICAL CHAPTER, UTAH SINCE STATEHOOD HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL – VOLUME I. , THE S. J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1919
  13. UTAH SINCE STATEHOOD, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL VOLUME II.
  14. UTAH SINCE STATEHOOD, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL VOLUME III.
  15. UTAH SINCE STATEHOOD HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL – VOLUME IV. , THE S. J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

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