History of Paradise, Utah

Paradise (Cache) on U-165, is 12.3 miles (19.79 km) south of Logan. Brigham City is 22.5 miles (36.21 km) to the southwest.

The first settlers arrived in March of 1860. They were men from Draper, Utah who had come to search for the lush, green valley with plenty of water that they had heard about. With plenty of timber in the area, a small log cabin was built by Barnard White to establish residency. Other families arrived later that summer.

Paradise, given the name by President Ezra Taft Benson and Presiding Bishop, Peter Benson, was originally part of Box Elder County until January 17, 1862 when the boundaries were changed to those of today.

In 1861 a sawmill was constructed which allowed the earlier settlers to upgrade their crude log cabins and build newer dwellings.

In 1867, because of problems with the indians, several families from the original settlement of "Old Paradise" moved further north to a settlement called Petersburg which was absorbed into the "new" Paradise. By 1868, the rest, about fifty families, had followed them to this new site. A new meeting/school house was built and fruit trees were brought in. A small cooperative store was organized and constructed and other industries soon developed.

In 1897 a new three-room brick school was built. By the turn of the century the existing meeting house was enlarged and a brick tithing office was constructed. On April 16, 1907 the town was incorporated. The 2000 Census show the population of Paradise at 759.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: Paradise City History; Utah Place Names 1997, John W. Van Cott.

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