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Brigham City

Brigham City is a very attractive and well kept town of 17,000 people. It lies along the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Great Salt Lake is located just to the west. Brigham City is strategically located a days drive from Yellowstone National Park as well as the Grand Tetons National Park. It's first settlers arrived in the area in 1851, led by William Davis. Shortly after, an incident with 500 Shoshone Indians spurred the building of a fort about four blocks from the current city center. By the next spring, the pioneers returned to their homes and began farming.

Brigham City is the winner of national awards for beautification. Its Mormon Box Elder Tabernacle is one of the most beautiful structures in the state. Its restored Brigham City Depot is also quite handsome. Near town are several interesting stops, including the Morton Thiokol Space Shuttle Rocket Display and the Golden Spike National Historic Site where the final spike in the first transcontinental railroad was driven.

Brigham City has several motels and restaurants and most other services and stores a visitor might need. Brigham City is located on Hwy 89 a few miles off I-15. It is 55 miles north of Salt Lake City and 25 miles southwest of Logan.

Among the many assets of Brigham City is the history and heritage that exists. Started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate "an abundance of the best peaches in Utah", this city-wide event is the longest continually celebrated harvest festival in Utah and is reported to be the second oldest in the country. Peach Days is an honored tradition that brings approximately 65,000 spectators a fun-filled weekend that the Top of Utah and Southern Idaho residents look forward to every year. The event takes place in September, the weekend following Labor Day.

Don't let the Peach Days Parade pass you by! The parade is the largest parade in Utah with over 180 entries You'll enjoy colorful floats, lively Shrines, delightful bands and more.

One of the biggest attractions is the Antique Auto Show at Watkins Park. Over 600 beautiful classic cars and trucks are on display. These automobiles are fascinating to the younger generation and nostalgic for those who grew up driving them. Join the fun for Side-By-Side Mud Racing following the parade, and don't miss the Demolition Derby.

A real highlight of the festivities is the street carnival held each night, right downtown at Forest and Main Street. A variety of on-going stage entertainment is also sure to please everyone in the family.

Many other attractions will entertain visitors to Brigham City. Such as biking; boating and fishing at Mantua Reservoir, Newton Reservoir, or Willard Bay; golfing at Eagle Mountain Golf Course, Sherwood Hills Golf Club, or Skyway Golf Club; hiking venues include the Wellsville Mountains which rise above the Cache Valley northeast of Brigham City. They are said to be the steepest range in the country. There are a few demanding hikes to its ridge.

Area attractions offer a diversity of items for all interests. Such as the Box Elder Tabernacle which is one of the most attractive buildings in the state; the Brigham City Train Depot, a well-restored building from the turn-of-the-century with memorabilia from that era; the First Security Bank and Elder County Courthouse are both distinctive structures that demand attention; the Willard Homes which are quaint stone homes built between 1862 - 1883 by a Welsh stonemason; and ATK Thiokol Propulsion which is a maker of rockets and missiles. Its plant about 20 miles northwest of Brigham City displays many of its rockets, including a minuteman missile and the boosters that put the space shuttles in orbit.

With other diverse attractions such as the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge; the Heritage Theatre; the Ronald J. Jenson Early American Working Farm; the Festival of the American West in July; the Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge; Cache Valley Cheese & Butter Plant; Great Salt Lake's largest island - Antelope Island; Browning Firearms, Antique Car & Railroad Museum and the Hill Field Air Force Meseum to name a few, Brigham City is the mecca of recreation!