How did Ogden Valley get its name?

Ogden Valley, UT

Photo by Bill Singleton

Ogden Valley is located UP the canyon from Ogden City. Its namesake, Peter Skene Ogden, had long left our area when Ogden City, previously called Brown’s Fort, was named after him. Records seem to indicate that Ogden himself did not enter the area of the present-day Ogden City because Ogden Canyon was virtually impassable at the time.

Ogden, born in 1794, was an experienced trapper and mountain man. In November 1824 he became the leader of the Snake River Country Expeditions to continue the British policy of creating a “fur desert” between American territory and the southern Columbia River drainage – discouraging American trappers from coming into the area.

Ogden, with a brigade of 131, pushed toward Utah in December of 1824. By April the expedition had reached the Bear River and continued into present Cache Valley, where he learned from Snake Indians that Americans (John H. Weber’s brigade) had already trapped the area. The British continued south through present-day Smithfield, Logan, Hyrum, and into the Huntsville area via Paradise Canyon. As was the fashion for naming many river valleys in Utah, our Valley was named after the trapper. Originally called Ogden’s Hole, the name Ogden Valley has remained.

How did Ogden Valley get its name?  Now you know!

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