Known as the Festival City, Cedar City is home so Southern
Utah University, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and The
Utah Summer Games.
Cedar City was first settled
by Mormon pioneers sent to the area to mine iron. After
the iron was depleted, they continued to stay and built
the beautiful community that still stands. Cedar City
received authorization for a state school in May of 1897
and started their first year that fall. The name of the
institution may have changed over the years, but the quality
of education has increased.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival
is world renowned and you will agree when you see your
first Shakespearean play in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean
Theatre. You will also thrill at the contemporary plays
selected each year.
While you are enjoy the
festival and the quiet community, take an event at the
Utah Summer Games. Held each year in Cedar City, the Utah
Summer Games bring out the best athletes in the State.
Here they compete more for pride than for anything.
The city was first started when Brigham Young, leader
of the Mormon church, sent Jacob Hamblin to southern Utah
as a missionary to the local Indians in 1854. During the
civil war obtaining cotton was nearly impossible so Brigham
Young sent 309 families to the St. George area to grow
cotton and other products conducive to the climate such
as silk, dried fruit, molasses and pecans. Because of
the products coming from St. George and because many of
the families sent to settle the area were originally from
the southern States, the area became known as "Dixie"
and the name continues today as "Utah's Dixie".
In 1908, the residents of
St. George expressed their desire for higher education
and plans were made with church officials to start an
academy of learning in the community. On September 19,
1911, the college opened under the name of St. George
Stake Academy. Over the years the names changed, in 1916
it became Dixie Normal College, in 1923 it was Dixie Junior
College and finally in 1970, it became Dixie College.
It had a long struggle to become a State college. Now
it is constantly ranked in the top ten or twenty in the
NJCAA for basketball, football and baseball.
With a population of 50,000+
and growing, St. George is one of the fastest growing
communities in the country. In 1994, St. George had ten
golf courses, sixteen movie theaters, more than forty
motels/hotels, many tennis courts and more. Come visit
the fastest growing community in Utah.
Established by Mormon pioneers in 1870, Kanab is the largest
town in Kane County. It started as a ranching town, but
throughout the century, Kanab has turned into "Utah's
Little Hollywood". Located within a short driving
distance of some of the most spectacular scenery in the
country, Kanab is the recreational and commercial center
for south central Utah and the Arizona Strip. You will
find a perfect blend of small town hospitality with the
conveniences of the large towns.
In 1874, a few pioneers heard about the Paria valley from
Native Americans. It sounded like a good place to live
with a favorable climate, extensive grazing and arable
land, water, timber and coal. The pioneers settled near
the Paria River and in the next 10 years several villages
sprung up. Only Cannonville and Henrieville survived;
Clifton, Losee and Georgetown all become ghost towns.
Cannonville was settled
in the early 1880's with about 200 families, and Henrieville
was settled with people from the area. Both towns ere
named for Mormon counselors. The town of Tropic was founded
in 1892 and incorporated in 1902. Tropic was home to Ebenezer
Bryce, namesake of Bryce Canyon. These three communities
make up what is now called Bryce Valley.
The quaint town of Hatch is located 15 miles south of
Panguitch on US 89. Stop at the visitor center south of
town for local information. The first town site, called
Aaron or Asay, was established in 1872 near the mouth
of Asay Creek. Later these families joined others along
the Sevier River and founded the old town of Hatchtown.
After severe floods and
the breaking of the reservoir, the town was again moved
to its present site and named Hatch, after a pioneer family.
Mammoth and Asay Creeks are the headwaters of the Sevier
River. The creeks are stocked with rainbow, German brown
and cutthroat trout and offer excellent fishing, but check
locally because some of the streams run through private
land. The Sevier River is also stocked and the area around
Hatch has the best fishing on the river.