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Mormons from Utah’s Cache Valley settled this area between 1883 and 1884. Their first order of business was to establish a canal system since water was scarce. For $20, the believers also purchased the town site and constructed a church in hopes of luring in more settlers. A few years later, controversy arose between the old settlers and new pioneers as townsite and homesteading laws began to be blatantly ignored. As a result, the townspeople re-purchased the town site for $250 and dictated the following of strict property laws. At that time, the settlement was named after William Rigby, a Latter Day Saints church leader who helped establish and develop the community’s growth. Today, the community retains its Mormon roots and was once home to television inventor, Philo T. Farnsworth.

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