Hyden is the most recent of all the towns on the Central Wheatbelt. Its location at the far east of the region ensured that it was removed from the major forces which populated the wheatbelt – Hunt’s wells, the arrival of the railway and the movement of gold prospectors.
The town’s name is a funny corruption of Hyde’s Rock. Apparently there was a sandalwood cutter living near Hippo’s Yawn whose name was Hyde. The rock was named Hyde’s Rock but when the Lands Department printed it out it became Hyden Rock.