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The first real pioneers who came to the Snake River Forks country, came to Lyman several years before Rexburg was settled. John and
Albert Lyon settled on Lyon Creek (later called Lyman Creek) in 1871. These men brought the first cattle into the country and confined their efforts to stock-raising. It is thought that old man Lyon and a baby both died and were buried on this land. The baby smothered from being wrapped too well one winter. The first farmer was J. F. Barry, a brother-in-law to the Lyons. He and his wife and four children came to the district in 1873. He constructed a four-room house at the mouth of the canyon on the South side of the Creek. Bill Burns, a trapper, who had a cabin up the river at the mouth of Burns Creek, assisted him in building the house...

Theodore Lyman (who was the son of Mormon Apostle Amasa Mason Lyman by his 6th wife, Priscilla Turley) came to Lyon Creek in 1882. He was a widower, but he had two children, Guy and Theodore, and his mother (widowed herself in 1877) was with him and took care of the children. He occupied the cabin built for the Barrys earlier. Because of the similarity of names, his name was soon given to the Creek, and later to the town. He left by 1885...

On March 17, 1884 Andrew S. Anderson of Lewisville, surveyed a canal for the settlers of Lyman - the Square Top Grove Canal. It was
named for a grove of trees which had been popular for building purposes, and was close by the head of the canal. A few days later he surveyed a townsite which was called Lyman, honoring Theodore Lyman who had taken up land in 1882. The townsite was mostly George Briggs' property and consisted of a square of 49 10-acre blocks, divided by six-rod streets. Each block was divided into four 2 1/ 2 acre lots. This left space enough for each family to have its own well and keep its own stock on the place...

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