Weston, a city with a rich pioneering history, was established on April 15, 1865, by settlers who made their initial camp west of the present location in an area called Cedarville. The city’s name has a couple of narratives linked to it. Some say Weston was originally named ‘West Town’ owing to its western location in the Cache Valley, a name that was eventually shortened to Weston. An alternate theory suggested by Mary Ann Weston Maughan’s journal claims that the city was named after her maiden name by her husband, Peter. However, the most accepted notion is that Weston is named for its geographic orientation, not a specific person.
In its early years, the settlers resided in tents or dugouts, later replaced with log homes, marking the humble origins of Weston. By the turn of the century, Weston’s population had surged to over a thousand residents, becoming a prominent town in the valley. It offered amenities for every aspect of daily life, from a general store, blacksmith shop, and hotel, to medical and dental offices, law firms, an opera house, and schools. Although most of these commercial structures no longer exist, and the majority of residents work and shop outside the city limits, Weston remains a cherished place to live with its 2010 census population of 437.
Today, Weston is renowned for its picturesque landscape, encompassing beautiful mountains and expansive fields. The city’s agricultural roots run deep, and this legacy continues to define the character of Weston, making it an appealing and peaceful residential area.