Neighborhood Spotlight: Logan, Utah

by Washington Federal Team on August 17, 2012

Logan, Utah is the perfect place to relax and unwind. In the mid-1800s, Mormon settlers were drawn to the area because of fishing, hunting, fur trading, and farming opportunities. The town was named for Ephraim Logan, a famous fur-trapper of that time. Current visitors come to Logan for the outdoor beauty, unique history, and to visit the campus of Utah State University, the city’s largest employer.

Outdoor Recreation
The mountains, lakes, and rivers that enticed the Mormon settlers are still a big part of life in Logan today. The weather is ideal with warm, dry summers and cool winters.  Ask the locals for suggestions, and they will surely mention Beaver Mountain, a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The Willow Park Zoo in downtown Logan looks like the quintessential small town zoo, but has a surprising number of unusual animals. These include bobcats, Andean condors, and elk. Another must-see is the Cache Valley Gardeners’ Market, which takes place at Merlin Olsen Park on Saturdays from May through October. Named one of 2009’s top 20 Farmers’ Markets in America, it frequently plays host to musical guests and themed weekends.

Historical District
The early pioneers constructed many historical buildings which are still in use today. Construction of the Logan Tabernacle, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, began in 1877 and took 27 years to complete. The Tabernacle’s organ, made up of over 2,500 pipes, is truly something to see. The nearby Logan Utah Temple was built in 1893 by roughly 25,000 workers. The women of Logan made thousands of yards of carpet, as commercial carpet could not be purchased in Utah at that time. The temple, built on the highest hill in the valley, is visible from miles away. Lastly, keep an eye out for the three-story chateau on West Center Street. It was built by Utah’s first multimillionaire David Eccles for his second wife, and is the largest home in Cache Valley.

University District
Since Logan is a college town, about 34% of the population is between the ages of 18 and 24. The college, noted for its work in aerospace research, is located on 500 acres and serves as a gateway to many of Logan’s most beautiful outdoor spaces. The University has had a creamery since its opening in 1888, and Aggie Ice Cream is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. USU’s Caine College of the Arts frequently hosts renowned musicians and artists, while the Prehistoric Museum will transport you to the age of the dinosaurs.

The City of Logan offers opportunities to learn, relax, or exercise in the great outdoors. Moreover, you can stop by and see Logan’s own Washington Federal branch. No matter what your passions are, you will find something to interest you in this small town.

Logan Utah
Photo by Cory Maylett
The Logan Utah Temple

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