November 1859 Mormon apostles Orson Hyde and Ezra T. Benson installed
William B. Preston as bishop of Logan. That winter the citizens built
a schoolhouse which doubled as a meetinghouse for the seventeen families
of the settlement. The founding settlers included John B. and Aaron
D. Thatcher, W.B. Preston, George L. Farrell, Thomas E. Ricks, and their
families. The Thatchers developed a family empire in Logan--including
business interests in banking, merchandising, manufacturing, mining,
building of railroads, and commerce. In the spring of 1860, the Thatcher
patriarch, Hezekiah, brought the first assortment of general merchandise
to the city.
early industries in the town consisted of a sawmill, a lime kiln, a
tannery, and a carding mill. Of course, agriculture formed the basis
of the local economy.
the winter of 1865 work began on the Logan LDS Tabernacle but was halted
for a time while some church leaders went on missions for the church.
When work resumed, a new foundation of rock was put in, and the building
was completed in 1878. Construction on the Logan LDS Temple began in
1877 and was completed in 1884. These two buildings remain as landmarks
in the city.