In 1888, Representative Anthon H. Lund of Sanpete County introduced the bill to create a college in Utah. The idea of education for the people of rural Utah came to him while he was on a mission to Denmark. July 29, 1889 upon the sagebrush and wild grass-covered bench of Old Lake Bonneville, high enough above the valley to provide a marvelous view, the founders laid the cornerstone of a building to be used for the education of western democracy - a rural college for the masses.
Ricks, Joel E., "The Origin of the Utah State Agricultural College" (1953). Joel Ricks Collection. Paper 8.