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Mormon leader, Thomas Ricks, migrated north from Logan, Utah in 1882 at the direction of Mormon Church president, John Taylor. The townsite was platted one year later, and the Italian root of Ricks’ name was adopted as the community title at the direction of Cache Valley Church Stake President, William Preston. Although only thirteen settlers joined Ricks initially, the town swelled to over 875 people by May of 1884.

The town’s earliest residents were highly successful farmers, and thousands of acres were planted with a variety of crops. In 1888, the Latter Day Saints’ Rick College (now BYU-Idaho) was established and named after the community founder. Today, this conservative town recognized for its religiously minded population still economically relies upon the agricultural industry.

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