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History of Brigham City, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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By 1864 Lorenzo Snow was ready to implement his plans for a cooperative community. A mercantile store, established in 1864, was the first cooperative business, but soon many different types of industries and services were added. Workers were paid in scrip which could be used for trade in any of the departments of the cooperative. By the mid-1870s, the cooperative association was producing all the commodities necessary for maintenance of the community, and Snow had realized his goal of making the people of Brigham City independent of the outside world. His cooperative became a prototype for similar ventures in Mormon settlements throughout Utah. It was recognized as the first and most successful of the Mormon cooperative organizations. However, a series of financial disasters between 1876 and 1879 crippled the organization and forced the association to begin selling its industries to private businessmen. The Co-op went into receivership in 1895.

After the demise of the Co-op, private enterprise in the area flourished. By 1910 Brigham City's population was 4,000, and its residents were running local industries and retail businesses as well as operating farms. In the 1920s and 1930s Brigham City essentially remained a small Mormon agricultural town specializing in fruit production.

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