Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hyrum, Utah

Hyrum is a small community in the Southern part of Cache Valley, Utah.

History of Hyrum

            A party of pioneers lead by Ira Allen established a settlement in Hyrum in the spring of 1960.  The used logs and constructed 13 dugouts and one log home in a hill side where there was a water supply in the east bench.  Permanent settlement had come to Cache Valley the year before, with the initial settlement in 1856 in Wellsville.  This was abandoned for a time because of the Utah War. 
            Peter Maughan, church leader, visited the community and suggested it be moved to drier ground.  A fort type construction was made along the current main street.  This was with houses lining the street with windows and doors facing inward.  By the fall of 1860 there were over 120 residents of Fort Hyrum.
            After ground was plowed and crops put in, the next item of community business was establishing a canal for irrigation.  Using only a spirit level and shovels they brought water from the Little Bear River, a distance of nine miles, in 21 working days. (Allen et al.)
            Cache Valley was Shoshone Bannock country.  The Native Americans continued to hunt and live in this area after the settlers arrived.  The settlement was an encroachment upon their territory which they tolerated.  The general policy was to feed the Indians rather than fight them. Several different parties came through the area, gathering choke cherries, or hunting.  One time a group stole several horses.  A group of “Minutemen” from Hyrum were able to recover them.  Native American issues continued until the Bear River Massacre of 1863.  Colonel Patrick Connor led a group of 400 troops from Fort Douglas in Salt Lake and attacked the Indians in the northern part of Cache Valley.  After this the residents of Hyrum no longer had to live in the fort.

3 comments:

  1. Niel Frank Know it well! Ira Allen is my great great grandfather. Him, and a great many others that settled Hyrum are my ancestors. If only they could see it now.
    Robert Hailstone my ancestor of the time hyrum was being settled was andrew anderson and he homesteaded the anderson ranch in Blacksmith fork canyon is now the 5 M owned bye the Millers

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  2. I think you mean Ira Allen settled in 1860 not 1960. I really like reading your blots about Hyrum.

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  3. Anderson Ranch was worked by the LDS Church until a half breed Indian named John Garr decided to home stead 650 acres. When he died his widow sold the 650 to Cl Charles Leonard Anderson. Leon Anderson and possibly Quill Anderson home steadied some of Anderson Ranch too. this information is from
    Lynn L Anderson who's father ended up owning Anderson Ranch.

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