By Catherine Armstrong|Published November 14, 2016
Writer, editor and researcher with a passion for exploring new places. Catherine loves local bookstores, independent films, and spending time with her family, including Gus the golden retriever, who is a very good boy.
Most of Utah’s towns were founded by Mormon pioneers, but one little Utah town was not only founded by ‘Gentiles,’ but was proud of its non-Mormon heritage. Take a look at the history of this spunky, interesting Utah town.
In 1869, pretty much everything in the Beehive State was owned and operated by Mormons. Non-Mormon business owners had suffered for three years under Brigham Young’s policy that Mormons should not shop at Gentile businesses. Samuel Auerbach noted in his memoir that special signs were placed over the doorways of Mormon businesses in Salt Lake City in 1868, so that Church members could differentiate those businesses to patronize. It became increasingly difficult for non-Mormon shop owners to survive.
As the founding members and business owners left, Mormon farmers began to move into the area. In 1914, an LDS meetinghouse was built in Corinne, and it became a typical Utah town with a strong Mormon community.
For more interesting Utah history, take a look at this little mining town that became famous for skiing and celebrities.
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