History of 2nd Street, Ogden, Utah

Stories of Bingham's Fort, Lynne, Five Points

Additional Heritage Homes in the Bingham’s Fort District and on 2nd Street

Posted by weberhistory on June 6, 2010

Home builders flocked to the Bingham’s Fort District in the 1850s, an area of rich soil and many irrigation ditches that made it a choice place to settle.  The district was gradually divided into 4 communities through the organization of Church branches, schools and post offices.   In 1864 the Precincts of Lynne and Slaterville were created from the Bingham’s Fort District.  The Harrisville Precinct was organized in 1868, and Marriott remained part of the Lynne Precinct until 1878 when it separated.[1]  There are still four houses on 2nd Street that were built in the 1860s in the Pioneer Era of the Lynne Community.

The history of the families on 2nd Street can be divided loosely into three eras: the Pioneer Era from 1849 to 1869, the Little Italy Era from 1880s to 1910 and the Golden Age of Family Farming from 1910 to the 1940s.

The Little Italy Era started after the railroad in the 1880s when the Bertinotti family settled on 2nd Street along with the Renos, and Michael Bertinotti fostered the arrival of other Italian families like the Gentas, Maeros, Clapiers, Ionnes, and Sullys.  Some of these Italian families bought pioneer houses and some built new houses.  All were the humble homes of immigrants and farmers on 2nd Street.

By the beginning of the Twentieth Century, most residents of 2nd Street were farmers, descendants of both pioneers and the Italian immigrants. From about 1910 to the 1940s, the era is described as the Golden Age of the Family Farm primarily because of high commodity prices from 1906-1914 and because families ran their farms and shared vibrant family lives, community life and the business of farming.

Following are some log cabins, adobe houses, burnt brick houses and heritage brick houses that still remain from these eras in the Bingham’s Fort District and on 2nd Street.

[1] Richard C. Roberts and Richard W. Sadler, History of Weber County, p. 61,68, 69, 172; Andrew Jensen, Slaterville Ward History, 1893, manuscript, p.1; 1860 census; History of Marriott, 1935, posted at http://www.johnmarriotths.org.

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