Lynndyl began as a railroad town in 1907. Farming in the area did not begin until 1912.
Apparently, while the railroad was under construction and before the area was named, someone from Salt Lake City asked a telegrapher where she was. While trying to think of an answer, she noticed “Lynn Mass” printed on her shoe, so she answered, “At Lynn”–so the junction now had a name. However, when an application was filed at the post office, a Lynn already existed in Box Elder County so “-dyl” was added.(*)
Named for: Lynn, Massachusetts
Lynndyl is a tiny farming and railroad town on the edge of the Sevier Desert. The Gilson Mountains and the Canyon Mountains lie several miles to the east and the Sevier River flows between them and past Lynndyl. Lynndyl is built on a bluff overlooking the river bottoms. To the west and southwest the flat Sevier Basin extends for many miles and mountains on the other side can barely be seen on a clear day. With irrigation water from the river, patches of the surrounding country are farmed.
Lynndyl was settled in 1907 as a stop on the railroad, and farming began in the area in 1912. Lynndyl is also a stop on U.S. Highway 6, and the remnants of an old gas station can be seen on a corner of Main Street, where the highway used to run. Since then the highway was re-routed along Second East, and a modern gas station operates on the highway at the south end of town.
The Little Sahara Sand Dunes cover many square miles a short distance to the north of Lynndyl. They are designated a National Recreation Area, and are a popular resort for residents along the Wasatch Front, who come for dune buggy and RV riding.