Bicknell, Wayne Co. Utah was called Thurber when it was first settled in 1875 in honor of Albert K. Thurber who brought into the region six hundred head of Church(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) cattle. He was an early explorer of Rabbit Valley, an indian interpreter and a president of the Sevier Stake. Later Thomas Bicknell, a prominate educator and historian of Providence, Rhode Island, wished to perpetuate his name in Utah and offered a library of one thousand volumnes to the town that would take his name. George Brinkerhoff, who was filling a mission for the LDS church in that area, discussed the matter with Mr. Bicknell and on his return home explained the proposition to citizens of Thurber. The result was a vote in favor of changing the name of the town. Record of the action was made in the Court House in April, 1916. The upper western part of Wayne co. has been known as Rabbit Valley since before the coming of the settlers.