A complete history of Harrisville is published in a hard-bound, picture-filled book, entitled “Harrisville Horizons.” The book, “Harrisville Horizons,” may be purchased at the city office for $20.00. A FREE pamphlet for a self-guided tour of Harrisville historical sites is also available at the city office.
The following is a brief history of Harrisville.
Harrisville is located north of Ogden in Weber County. In the early years, the area witnessed a double tragedy which cost the lives of two human beings. It was in 1850, just three years after the pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, that Urban Stewart built the first house in what was to become Harrisville. It was constructed of logs and was located about 300 yards to the southwest of where the Harrisville chapel was later constructed. Stewart had planted a garden and watched over it with care. The night of 16 September 1850 he heard rustling out in his corn patch and saw a moving object, which he fired at, killing Chief Terikee, of the Shoshones Indian Tribe. The Indians retaliated by killing a white man named Campbell, a transient employee of Farr’s Mill, and Stewart had to leave the country. The Indians were intent on destroying the Weber County settlement. When the Mormon Church authorities sent 150 men to help secure the Weber colony, Terikee’s band took the body of their chief and retreated northward.