Known first as Worm Creek because of a stream winding through dry bluffs, Preston, Idaho, blossomed as its first residents harnessed life-giving waters from surrounding mountains. The first homesteaders, who arrived in 1866, hauled lots of water, often wondering if their efforts to tame Mother Nature would ever pay off. On his way to Bear Lake, Brigham Young, colonizer of the West and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had his driver stop near the present business district of Preston. Placing his cane to the ground, he said, "There will be a great city built here." Today, Preston is a pretty great place.
About the Author
Necia P. Seamons moved to Preston in 1993 to become the editor of the local newspaper, the Preston Citizen, and discovered worldwide ties to the people in this little Utah/Idaho border town. "It seems that Preston has a history of sending people out in the world who do good," she said. Living nearby in Whitney, Idaho, with her family on a little farm, Seamons inherited most of the images in this book from the descendants of another local historian, Newell Hart. She also used images from collections belonging to Jay Burrup, Kathy Griffin, Bill Owens, That Famous Preston Night Rodeo Committee, and Myrna Fuller at the local history center at the Larsen-Sant Library.