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…

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…

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…

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…

Bert’s Cafe is the second oldest continually operating restaurant in Brigham City, and is still a local favorite. Albert Leroy Olsen and his wife, Kathie, opened Bert’s Cafe in 1929. Three generations later, the Olsen family still owns and operates…

Bill Harris founded Peach City in 1937. Harris received a degree in Dairy Science from Utah State University. Harris dreamed of combining his Dairy Science education and his family recipes by opening his own malt shop. He strategically selected a…

B&B Billiards, Brigham City’s only public bar, was founded by W.A. Box around 1903. Originally known as J&W’s Billiards, the establishment served only beef stew and hamburgers and did not provide any seating for customers. In 1924 the B&B converted…

At first, Idle Isle Fine Candy was part of the Idle Isle Cafe. Perc Knudson, the founder of Idle Isle, learned how to make candy at Logan’s Bluebird Cafe. He worked for free to learn the craft. Later, Perc and Verabel Knudson recruited Verabel’s…

The Idle Isle building was built in 1886 and first owned by Lorenzo Snow, the fifth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The building originally shared a name with President Snow’s daughter, Celestia Armeda Snow Young. Snow…

Originally from California, Richard and Miriam Velazquez moved to Brigham City to enjoy Northern Utah’s “slower” lifestyle and to follow their dream of starting a family restaurant in 1992. They first opened Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant in nearby…

If you were to walk down Brigham City’s Main Street in the 1940s, you would probably be surprised at what seems familiar and what seems different. You might see children hurrying on their way to the Hollywood Candy Company, or young soldiers and…

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…

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…

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…

Because these dorms were closest to the gyms, they often housed some of the student-athletes. Typically, students in these dorms would wake up and run up to the “I” and back, in training for track and field. Intermountain took pride in their sports…

This area is marked “Mess Hall” and “Nutrition Street” on the Bushnell map and suggests that this area was reserved for the cafeteria of Bushnell. It stood alone, dead center in the property, acting as the nucleus of Bushnell.Each cluster of dorms…

The clerestory architecture of this building is reminiscent of buildings often used for maintenance and laundry. Though the Bushnell Map has the general area marked “Wards,” there is a picture of a patient arrival that suggests it could have been an…

One of the buildings also acted as a detention center for students who were found off campus, and students who were caught drinking. Though there were two different buildings for the punishment -- one was a sort of “Study Hall” designed to make…

This building was part of several wards at Bushnell and potentially acted as an area where doctors met with patients who arrived via train.This building was used as the daycare for the children of the Solo Parent Program. The Room Loft opened about a…

These buildings were part of several patient wards at Bushnell.This building was a part of the girls’ dorm cluster. Each cluster was made up of two buildings called a “block.” These two buildings were connected by hallways, but doors and hallways…

The Administration Building at Bushnell stood in the direct center of the property, with the Nurses’ Quarters to the east. Though the area of several of the buildings that were used as the nurses’ quarters was later turned into a golf course,…

These buildings were originally officer quarters while Bushnell was open, which meant the buildings were relatively nicer and sturdier than some of the dormitory buildings. As a result, these buildings have remained in relatively decent shape,…

Students at the Intermountain Indian School were required to attend church - although it could be any church they wanted. (No, the Native American Church was not an option.) The Catholic church, St. Henry's, was a nearby option. The church has…

While Alan Houser was at Intermountain, he painted several murals in the theatre. These images showcased several motifs of western art as well as landscapes that were familiar to many of the Navajo students, including the Mittens, which stand in…

These two buildings were not built when Bushnell was open, but were designed to hold academic classes such as English, math, and art. Students also eventually had classes such as printmaking, journalism, and graphic design in these buildings. Peggy…