History of Goshen,Utah
Taken from the Utah Place Names (Links Added)


Goshen is in Goshen Valley on US-6, between Santaquin and Elberta. The First Bishop, Phineas W. Cook, named it for Goshen, Connecticut, his birthplace. The settlement changed location several times and was successively known as Sodom, Sandtown, Mechanicsville, Lower Goshen and finally Goshen. Sandtown was an obvious name for the sandy region. "Sodum up" was a term used for the process of sodding up the roofs of the early dugout structures during the spring and Fall.

John W. Van Cott

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