In 1866 a splinter group of Mormons, led by one of the sons of Joseph Smith, came to Malad City, seeking a community far enough away from Salt Lake City not to cause friction but close enough to allow missionary work. They formed the Josephites, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which still exists.
|Grain elevator east of Twin Springs, along the Hudspeth Cutoff, (June, 1992).|
|Garden Creek Gap, looking west from west of Arimo. Garden Creek meanders through the narrow defile cut in hard east-dipping quartzite of the Scout Mountain Member of the Late Proterozoic Pocatello Formation. The stream is superposed, that is, it established its course on a cover of valley fill above the present level of the quartzite ridge. Vegetated stripes near the top of the slope north of the gap are normal faults, dropping the rocks down to the east, toward Marsh Valley, (august, 1982). Near here in July, 1994 supermodel Niki Taylor married Matthew Martinez, a McCammon man. Super-supermodel Cindy Crawford was among the wedding guests.|
Settlement at Washakie
After the Bear River Massacre in 1863, the Shoshoni Indians, with help of the LDS church, made a permanent settlement in Malad Valley. Chief Sagwitch, wounded at the massacre, lived to join the LDS church and is buried at Washakie 2 miles west of the Malad River south of Malad City.
The Holbrook valley, only fifteen miles west of Malad City, but drier and less hospitable, was settled in 1878, 30 years after the Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. But the big rush of homesteading did not come until about 1895. The main growth was 1901-1907.
Holbrook did not get electricity until 1946. Today its homesteads are largely abandoned. Dry farming for grain and cattle grazing are the primary agricultural activities.
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