Brigham City is a ghost town in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Founded by Latter-day Saints near the present city of Winslow in 1876, it was three miles north of Winslow's current city center, along the Little Colorado River. It was organized as a Latter-Day Saints ward in 1878, but by 1881 it had been abandoned. [3 ] [4 ]
Twenty Mormon families and fifteen bachelors from Salt Lake City settled the area, and built homes inside protective walls originally measuring 200 feet (61 m) long and 7 feet (2.1 m) high. Flash flooding led to crop failures that washed away the dams and irrigation systems and caused the abandonment of the town by 1881.
The US Census listed its population as 191 in
1880. [6 ]
Brigham City was one of four Little Colorado River colonies.
The other colonies were [7 ] Joseph City, Sunset, and Obed. Joseph City is the only remaining colony. [8 ]
Brigham City was added to the
National Register of Historic Places as of June 9, 1978, and the remnants are currently undergoing restoration. [9 ] Thirty-seven of the community's buildings remained sufficiently well preserved to qualify as [4 ] contributing properties when the community was designated a historic site in 1978. [2 ]
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References [ edit ]
^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brigham City (historical)
^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941). p. 88.
^ a b "Winslow Chamber of Commerce - Visiting Winslow". Winslowarizona.org . Retrieved . 2010-07-27
^ "Historic Sites - Brigham City". Arizona Heritage Traveler . Retrieved . 2010-07-27
^ Moffat, Riley (1996). Population History of Western U.S. Cities and Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 9. ISBN 0-8108-3033-7.
^ Tanner, George S and J Morris Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado: The Joseph City Region (Flagstaff, Arizona: 1977) xiii.
^ Tanner, George S and J Morris Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado: The Joseph City Region (Flagstaff, Arizona: 1977) 21, 32, 34.
^ "National Register of Historic Places Research Page - National Register of Historic Places Official Website-Part of the National Park Service". Nps.gov . Retrieved . 2010-07-27