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Logandale is located in the Moapa Valley near the Muddy River on the old site of St. Joseph, established in 1865 by Mormon settlers from Utah. Brigham Young had sent these settlers to establish orderly communities and produce cotton and other agricultural commodities to increase the self-sufficiency of the church. Though these missionaries set to work building adobe structures and planting fields, the difficulty of creating a sustainable agricultural community led them to abandon St. Joseph in 1870. In the 1880s Mormons returned to the site and established a viable community that was less strongly tied to the church. Today Logandale is a small farming community, though its proximity to Las Vegas, fifty-eight miles away, has drawn some new subdivisions.

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Julie Nicoletta

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