Probably named for the railroad, Mormon settlers hoped the trains would help their town grow. When that didn’t happen, they had to rely on complex irrigation techniques to make agriculture viable on this high, arid bench. Between 1893 and 1907, they built a series of canals (the Sidon Canal System), channeling water from the Greybull River into ditches, which covered some 15,000 acres of land. As the crops began to flourish, more immigrants arrived, including many from Germany. The benchland came to be known as Germania Bench, until World War I, when they changed the name to Emblem Bench.