Place:Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States


Coordinates42.095°N 111.875°W
Located inFranklin, Idaho, United States
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Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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The Bear River Massacre occurred in 1863 at a point a few miles northwest of Preston. The Bear River Massacre Site is a National Historic Landmark.

In 1866, Latter-day Saint (LDS, or "Mormon") pioneers arrived in the northern end of the Cache Valley, stretching across southeastern Idaho and northeastern Utah. They founded a community in that location and named it Worm Creek, but later changed it to Preston. Preston was named after Preston, England, the center of early [LDS] proselytizing in the UK.

It was not until the 1880s while William C. Parkinson was serving as the bishop of the Preston LDS Ward that a regular townsite was laid out.


For several years, the city held a "Napoleon Dynamite Festival" in the summer. Many of the events that the festival featured related to movie-themed events; such as: Tetherball Tournament, Tater Tot Eating Contest, Moon Boot Dance, Impersonation, Look-A-Like Contest, Football Throwing Contest, and more. In 2004, there was a single day event that drew an approximate 300 people. Although this was not a large crowd drawing event, it did help raise $1,500 for the Preston School District Education Foundation. In 2005, an estimated 6,000 people attended the event, but that number dropped to an estimated 400 in 2006. The 2007 and 2008 event was held along with the 'That Famous Preston Night Rodeo' in Preston, but there are no future plans for the event.

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