Torrey is located on State Route 24 in Wayne County,
eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park.
The town was established in the 1880s by Mormon settlers, and
initially known as Youngtown, after John Willard Young; it is generally
held to be named after Jay L. Torrey from Pittsfield, Illinois. Torrey
was a member of the Wyoming legislature, who, upon the advent of the
Spanish-American War, achieved national attention by proposing the
creation of what became three volunteer cavalry regiments, made up of
cowboys and stockmen. Torrey was commissioned Colonel of the 2nd
Regiment, the "Rocky Mountain Riders"; the 1st Regiment, the only
regiment to see action, was better known as the Rough Riders.