Deweyville, Utah

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Deweyville is a town in Box Elder County, Utah, United States. The population was 278 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Deweyville is located at 41°41′32″N 112°5′29″W / 41.69222°N 112.09139°W / 41.69222; -112.09139 (41.692308, -112.091320).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²), all of it land.

History

On March 14, 1864, the John C. Dewey family, Mormon pioneer immigrants from England, left Calls Fort, Utah, and settled at Empey Springs, an area originally settled by William Empey. Empey Springs became known as Dewey Springs. Other settlers soon moved to the area.[4]

John C. Dewey directed many community activities, including the construction of a school house in 1869 and a Sunday school in 1872. The school house served as a community center where dances were commonly held. A post office was established in 1873, with John C. Dewey as the Postmaster. In 1877, a LDS Church Ward was organized, with John C. Dewey as Bishop.[4]

Deweyville was a stop on the Utah Northern Railroad. The Oregon Short Line Railroad took over the Utah Northern Line in 1874 and converted the tracks to standard gauge. The town served a the main shipping point for the Bear River Valley until 1901. This, along with the construction of the Bothwell and Hammond Canals, contributed to significant business development. Saloons, a brewery, two boarding houses, a barber shop, and lumber, hardware, and merchandise businesses were opened.[4]

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