of Indian troubles and the extreme isolation of Clarkston, all the settlers
in the spring of 1866 moved to Smithfield, Logan and other parts of the valley. Some
left the valley entirely.
the settlers expressed a desire to return to their homes in Clarkston
in the spring of 1867, Brigham Young advised them that they might do
so if they built a fort and a public corral for protection of the livestock.
This was done. Houses were built in the form of a fort extending along
both sides of the present Main Street, and a public corral was provided.
existence of the Clarkston settlement was threatened in 1869 when a
majority of the settlers, due mainly to discouragement because of the
severe winters and heavy drifting snow, decided to move to the present
site of Newton. But a few people decided
to stay in Clarkston and some who had left returned, and the settlement
became a permanent one. There was a controversy over retaining the name
Clarkston for the original settlement or transferring it to the "New