City was named by early settlers because of the abundance
of cedar (juniper) trees in the area. It was originally
called Little Muddy, then Coal Creek, from the creek where
the town was first established.
Pioneers arrived on Nov.
11, 1851 and soon set up the first iron refinery west
of the Mississippi, using ore from the hills to the west
and coal from nearby Cedar Canyon. From its mining and
farming roots Cedar City has grown to one of Utah's most
exciting cities. Home to the world-renowned Utah Shakespearean
Festival, the Utah Summer Games and the American Folk
Ballet, Cedar City is truly a "Festival City." These events
and dozens more like them throughout the year offer a
metropolitan lifestyle in this small town setting. Paired
with Southern Utah University, the community provides
guests and residents alike with a huge variety of cultural
and recreational offerings, including top-notch theater,
NCAA Division 1 Sports, concert and lecture series, and
History and traditional
also play a strong part in local culture with small town-style
holiday celebrations on July 4th and 24th (Utah's Pioneer
Day), and during the Christmas season, with parades and
other activities. The Iron Mission State Park is the ideal
place to learn of the area's rich history and to see Native
American artifacts, pioneer antiques, and the largest
horse-drawn wagon collection in the west. Other Cedar
City landmarks include the "Old Main" building on the
SUU campus, the beautiful Rock Church, and the Old Union
Pacific Depot. Each of these buildings have a fascinating
history that adds to the character of Cedar City. Old
Main, for instance, was built in the bitter winter of
1898 amid hardship to ensure that the city would be home
to a state school of higher education.
Today, Cedar City is experiencing
a growth spurt unequaled in the town's history. But as
the population continues to increase, residents here still
maintain the small town atmosphere that gives it such
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