Leo Lyman



(historian, author, lecturer, educator)


Edward Leo Lyman was born in Delta UT in 1942. He attended the College of Southern Utah (CSU) and in May of 1966 received a Bachelor's Degree in History from Brigham Young University (BYU). He received a Master of Science Degree in History from the University of Utah in June of 1967. In 1969, he moved to Riverside CA and started teaching at North High School. While there, he became a local history buff. In 1981, he received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He taught at California State University, Riverside and at the Victor Valley College (where is Emeritus Professor of History). After 17 years in Victor Valley CA, he moved to Silver Reef UT in 2004. He continues to be a very active historian here in the southwest. In 2007, he took over as the Utah State Director of the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA) from Col Al Matheson. Dr. Lyman continues to reasearch, write, and is a popular lecturer.


"The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood"
Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Riverside, 1981.

"Political Deliverance: The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood"
Dr. Lyman's first book.
Published by the University of Illinois Press, 1986.
ISBN: 0252012399
Dr. Lyman is rewriting this book, including the addition of four new chapters taking the Utah struggles
    for statehood back to 1849, where the first version started in 1887.

"Statehood, Political Allegiance, and Utah's First U.S. Senate Seats: Prizes for the National Parties
    And Local Factions"
Article in the Utah Historical Quarterly.
Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ),   Volume 63, Number 4 (Fall 1995)
Pages 341-356

"San Bernardino: The Rise and Fall of a California Community"
Book published in 1996 by Signature Books.

"A History of Millard County"
Part of the Utah Centennial Series sponsored by the Utah Historical Society.
Published with Linda Newell in 1999.

"The Arrowhead Trails Highway: The Beginnings of Utah's Other Route to the Pacific Coast"
Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ),   Volume 67, Number 3 (Summer 1999) Pages 242-264

"The Arduous Road: Salt Lake to Los Angeles, the Most Difficult Wagon road in American History"
Book written with Larry Reese as photographer.
Privately printed in Victorville in 2001.
ISBN: 0970952503
Copies are available at the Interagency Visitor's Center (BLM/ASIA) in St. George.

"The Overland Journey from Utah to California: Wagon Travel from the City of Saints to the City of Angels"
Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2004.
ISBN: 0-87417-501-1
Copies are usually available at the Interagency Visitor's Center (BLM/ASIA) in St. George.

"Caught in Between: Jacob Hamblin and the Southern Paiutes During the Black Hawk-Navajo Wars
    of the Late 1860's"
Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ),   Volume 75, Number 1 (Winter 2007)
Pages 22-43

"Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate, a Study in Dedication"
Book published in 2009 by University of Utah Press
ISBN-10: 0874809401, ISBN-13: 978-0874809404
A biography of Amasa Mason Lyman who is Dr. Lyman's great great grandfather

"Southern Paiute Relations With Their Early Dixie Mormon Neighbors"
27th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture.
Click here to download

"Finally Statehood!: Utah's Struggles, 1849-1896"
Book published in 2019 by Signature Books, Inc.
For the information page, click here

"History of the Victor Valley, California"
Book coming out soon.

"Historian Leo Lyman's Deep Dive Into the "Sausage Making" of Utah's Statehood"
A special 4-part podcast series to kick of Utah's 125th statehood anniversary celebration
For an information page and links to the podcasts, click here.