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Master of Science (MS)




Charles S. Peterson


A primary basis for settlement locations in the great basin by the Mormons was the availability of water. The settlement of Heber Valley was no exception.

Water became quickly involved in two important and determining factors (cooperation and self-reliance) in the development of Mormon society in general and Wasatch County's society in particular. Likewise, these two factors influenced the direction in the development of water as it was utilized by the Mormons to establish the "Kingdom of God" on earth. Cooperation and self-reliance in Wasatch County were changed as modifications within the county were made as well as by other factors introduced in the county.

Wasatch County farmers irrigation systems and institutions are today, a product of these two important factors and the modifications made on them. Co-operation and self reliance continue to be part of the agricultural way of life in Wasastch County.

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