and Peterson Professional Engineers (Logan, Utah)
Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers
1948-1972 ( inclusive )
1961-1964 ( bulk )
1.75 linear ft. (4 boxes)
USU_COLL MSS 045
Mainly correspondence and project specifications
from the engineering firm of Bishop and Peterson. Projects include wells and sewer
systems for towns in Cache County, Utah, including Hyrum and Logan. Also includes
materials on water rights in Logan, Utah.
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Dean F. Peterson was born June 3, 1913 in Delta, Utah. In
1930 Peterson enrolled in the ROTC program at the Utah State Agricultural College (now
Utah State University) and studied structural and irrigation engineering, and graduated
in 1934 with his B.S. In 1935 Peterson enrolled in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
Troy, New York and received his M.C.E. that year. By 1939 he had earned his D.C.E from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the fall of 1939 Peterson found work as a Civil
Engineering instructor at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1940 Peterson took a
job in Maryland to work on constructing a dam on the upper Potomac River. When World War
II began Peterson sought involvement with the war effort. From 1943 to 1946 he worked
for the US Navy on various engineering projects within the US. In 1946 Peterson was
accepted by the Utah State Agricultural College to work as an instructor in the
Irrigation and Drainage Department, were he worked until his retirement. Peterson was
involved in many state and government projects during the course of his career with the
Utah State Agricultural College, such as his advisory irrigation assignments in the
Middle East. Peterson died in 1989.
Source: Peterson, Bessie C., "Dean F. Peterson; His Life and Work", Vol. 1, 1993. (USU
SC&A 920 P442-Pet).
Alvin A. Bishop was born in 1913 in Delta, Utah. Bishop
attended the Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) to study civil engineering, from
which he received his B.S. in 1934 and his M.S. in 1939. In 1939 he enrolled in Colorado
State University from where he later received his Ph.D. in 1961. After World War II
Bishop took a position at the USAC as a professor of civil engineering. In 1965 he was
named first head of the Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering Department upon its
creation in 1965. "His projects and teaching assignments in forty-three international
countries earned him accolades from his peers" (1982, p. 7).
Source: The Outlook, November/December 1982.
This four-box collection contains correspondence, reports, project bids, water rights
issues, and papers concerning Dean F. Peterson and Alvin A. Bishop's irrigation and
engineering work within Cache Valley during the 1950s and 1960s. Specifically, their
work entailed constructing a system that furnished Logan City with a new source for
culinary water and building a new city sewer system. This project entailed building
canals and pipelines, drilling wells, and organizing a pumping-system to move the city's
water. Some of this work took place at the mouth of Logan Canyon, where water was
diverted from the Logan River for use in the city's culinary water system.
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Preferred Citation :
Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers, 1948-1972. (COLL MSS 045) Utah State
University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
Organized into 4 series.
Series I. Logan Water Works; correspondence, agreements, estimates, and well
Series II. Logan water supply, wells, and a water rights investigation
Series III. Logan hydro line and sewer, the North Logan well, and the Hyrum
Series IV. Contracts, proposal, and publications
Acquisition Information :
The material in this collection was donated to Utah State University Special Collections
& Archives by Dean F. Peterson in 1977.
Related Materials :
Dean F. Peterson Papers (RG 22:17)
Detailed Description of the Collection
Papers concerning Logan Water Works;
correspondence, agreements, estimates, and well reports
Contract for water system improvements
Estimates, bids quotes
Logan city culinary water system 1949, Logan city water development required
1962, Logan River drainage notes, 1961-1962.