Peaches, Planes, Prayers, and Pews: Community-Building in Brigham City

Brigham City’s rugged mountain skyline is dominated by the Latter-day Saint Tabernacle and Temple, reflecting the town’s historic commitment to Mormonism. (The town is, after all, named for the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young.)

But did you know people of multiple faith traditions call this small town home?

When the Thiokol Corporation built a plant in Brigham City in 1957, it did more than just create jobs. They attracted rocket scientists, engineers, and others from across the United States, who brought with them their own faith traditions. And while these young professionals designed missiles, they also built churches that continue to shape Brigham City community life.

The diversity they brought to the area is apparent in both the architecture of the churches that dot the city and the charity outreach programs they created, which continue to help residents today.
While this walking tour showcases only a few of Brigham City's many faiths, we celebrate and recognize all local congregations and their many contributions to the community.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

The Thiokol Corporation brought more than jobs to Brigham City when they built their large manufacturing plant in 1957. By 1960, the population of the city had nearly doubled as the new jobs attracted members of various Christian denominations to an…

Brigham City Temple

The Latter-day Saint temple’s twin spires dominate the Brigham City skyline. On completion in September 2012, it became the 151st operating temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Unlike a cathedral, Latter-day Saint temples are…

Brigham City Tabernacle

It was February 9, 1896, and a gray, pungent haze filled the air. Word spread quickly. The tabernacle was on fire! Soon thousands gathered around the ashes of what had been the center of Mormon religious activity for more than 30 years. Pioneers…

Community Presbyterian Church

In 1874, Rev. Samuel Gillespie crossed over the Wasatch mountains from nearby Wyoming, settled in Corinne, a Protestant refuge, and began preaching Presbyterianism. Noticing that there were already strong Protestant churches in the area, he moved to…

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

In January 1950, the US government transferred the Bushnell Army Hospital to the Intermountain Indian School, “the world’s largest boarding school” for Native Americans. With over five hundred Navajo students enrolled, it immediately transformed the…

St. Henry's Catholic Church

Catholicism has had a permanent presence in Box Elder County since the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. But Brigham City wasn’t always a center for Catholicism. Originally, most Catholics congregated…

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Similar to the genesis of other Christian churches in Brigham City, Aldersgate Methodist Church started after Thiokol Chemical Corporation opened its plant in 1957. Methodists who had relocated from across the United States to work at the plant, came…