A lot of Cache Valley residents Thursday recalled the day 50 years ago, August 30, 1962, when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rumbled through northern Cache Valley. Richmond was the city hit hardest and former Mayor Marvin Traveler, who was 33 at the time, remembers it well.
Traveler spearheaded a drive to bring people together to commemorate the 50th anniversary. A program in Richmond City Hall had many displays and stories to share.
At least 30 homes were totally damaged but Traveler, a retired insurance agent, says fortunately many had earthquake insurance.
“At that time Farmer’s Home Loan was just starting up,” Traveler said. With the help of the insurance program and Red Cross, “those that had to rebuild were quite fortunate because they got a low interest rate due to the circumstances and that really helped tremendously.”
On KVNU’s Crosstalk show earlier this month, Traveler said that the earthquake did a great deal to bring all the people together. At that time Richmond’s population was around 900 and today it has grown to approximately 2200.