Remember Our Heritage

What makes this area so attractive?
Learn the history of southern Utah and those who carved out
the beginning of this little bit of heaven.

The St. George Pioneer Corner is a hub for information regarding the history of southern Utah. Through the collaborative efforts of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP), the Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP-Dixie Encampment), Washington County Historical Society (WCHS), and Arts to Zion, access to histories, photos, events, tours, and activities of the local area is provided here.

St. George Pioneer Corner consists of two buildings important to the community, the historic Pioneer Courthouse, and the McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum. Both are located on the corner of 100 East and St. George Boulevard in St. George, Washington County, Utah.

The Pioneer Courthouse offers tours, events, and displays for visitors. Next door at the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer McQuarrie Memorial Museum, photos, relics, and histories of many early settlers can be found.

This site provides links to:
the Pioneer Courthouse Facebook page
the Washington County Historical Society website
the McQuarrie Memorial DUP Museum website
the Sons of Utah Pioneers Dixie Encampment website
 the Arts to Zion website

Other local historical museums and societies have been invited to submit information regarding their collections.

Watch these YouTube videos on the History of the Courthouse.

https://youtu.be/ggILFKuo4EY
https://youtu.be/zB4rpWWXre0
https://youtu.be/gnKSO3u0kLc



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McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

The McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum (DUP) is the home to hundreds of photos, relics, and histories of early settlers in southern Utah. Tours are available and well as special events.

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Sons of Utah Pioneers

The Dixie Encampment Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers honors and preserves our pioneering forefathers in St. George and Washington City, Utah.

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Arts to Zion

Where history resonates and creativity soars. Sponsor of annual Arts to Zion Art Studio Tour. Supporter of Silver Reef Museum

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Washington County Historical Society

Members from various communities in Washington County, Utah, come together to promote the history of the towns and cities of this area.

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Many items in the McQuarrie Memorial Museum run by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) depict the amazing efforts made by the early settlers of Washington County. One such item is the "Friendship" quilt. Completed in 1898, this quilt was pieced with silk blocks produced in Utah's Dixie and features embroidered signatures of 160 women.

Another exciting item in the museum's extensive collection is a sizable drum commissioned by Joseph Smith and built in Nauvoo, Illinois, by Edward Duzette, a celebrated drummer of the Nauvoo brass band. It is a unique drum in that the instrument can produce a melodic tune, as well as keep a beat.

Also on display is a large loom that weaved rag rugs for over a century, and remarkably is still in use today. The wood used to build the loom came from Pine Valley, Utah, and Robert Gardner, who owned and operated a sawmill, is credited with assembling this valuable piece of St. George's history.
The Dixie Encampment chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP) embarked on the monumental task of creating a pathway through sagebrush, cactus, and red stone, to the historic sandstone quarry, an important site to the creation of St. George. Now all may enjoy seeing this site accessed by an easy trail that takes in lovely views of the Red Cliffs Golf Course.

The sandstone quarry was where laborers spent countless hours toiling in the weather to gather the building material used to construct many of the still extant historic buildings in the area. The stone was cut by hand and hauled by oxen into town to be further refined and fit together for the walls of the historic pioneer courthouse, the St. George Tabernacle, and numerous homes and schools.

In addition to the sandstone quarry project, in 2018 the Dixie Encampment of the SUP conducted an exhaustive study to identify a complete list of the World War I veterans from Washington County, including veteran Michael Cottam. A display was set up and viewed at the Utah state capital in Salt Lake City.
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The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) has gathered and archived on its website thousands of historic records and photographs regarding people, places and things all pertaining to Utah's Dixie and encourages input from others to ensure the history is kept and preserved. The website’s history of the Pioneer Courthouse is a good example of the society’s efforts.

The WCHS has been deeply involved in raising funds to erect a statue in honor of Juanita Brooks, a local historian and author. Employed as a teacher at Dixie College, Juanita immersed herself in researching and documenting the history of southern Utah. She produced the first treatise on the difficult subject of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Artist Annette Everett is designing the life-size statue.

WCHS is currently spearheading a project to gather histories from local residents on the effects, implications, and impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Stories can be submitted to the Society.
Arts to Zion sponsors local artists, art galleries, and programs that promote art in the community. The annual Arts and Studio Tour allows the public access to many studios normally unavailable and is a major fund raiser that supports local artists. This event is free and usually held the third weekend in September. Arts to Zion also supports the Silver Reef Museum that preserves the story of the silver mining industry that played  a pivotal role in the development of southern Utah in the late 1880s.
  •  5/21/2022 09:45 AM
  •   97 E. St George Blvd.

The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang love to do this re-enactment of a "wild west shootout." Two performances - 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM. In between, a lecture by Teresa Orton on Erastus Snow and his 5 Wives will be given in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum Meeting Room. Shootout and lecture are free to everyone. If you miss the shootout, the group will be returning each month on the 3rd Saturday. Times will vary, so watch closely for future announcements.

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  •  5/24/2022 07:00 PM - 5/24/2022 08:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse

Great fun and lively entertainment. Tyler Sevy and friends prepare for their summer tour. Come here them share their repertoire. Free to all.

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  •  6/2/2022 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Loren Covington Lecture by Kathy Tobler

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  •  5/14/2022 09:00 AM
  •   97 E. St. George Blvd

Meet at the Pioneer Courthouse at 9 AM (97 E. St. George Blvd). . . . . We will caravan, arriving outside of the Fort Harmony Library (34 South 2900) at 10:00 AM. Questions: . . . call Dick Kohler (702) 445-3650 Mike Harless will be the Tour Guide, with support from Brent Prince. We will return about 2:00 PM. Bring a lunch with you.

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  •  5/5/2022 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Lecture by Mary Ann Kirk, Mormon Battalion Association

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  •  4/26/2022 07:00 PM - 4/26/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Dixie Jam Band is returning to share their lively music. Don't miss out! It is free to all. Questions? 435-632-1215

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  •  4/20/2022 12:00 PM - 4/23/2022 06:00 PM
  •   5500 South 700 West, Hurricane, UT, USA

Washington County Historical Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Sons of Utah Pioneers, Arts to Zion, and Historic St. George Live will be sharing some of the history of the area. Watch for actual times as more information becomes available.

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  •  4/9/2022 09:00 AM - 4/9/2022 02:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Come learn more about the history of the little town of Enterprise, known for hosting an annual Cornfest where the town and neighboring communities celebrate the harvest of local farmers in late August. Cornfest has been a tradition in Enterprise since 1990. The small town boasts of its freshly grown corn available at the festival and along Main Street. There is also a vintage car show, live entertainment and dancing, festival food, a variety of booths to shop at, and more. You will be driving your vehicles as the group visits various historic sites. No cost.

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  •  4/7/2022 07:00 PM - 4/7/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Glenn Rawson is a radio and television personality known for being the voice of the inspirational stories on the Sounds of Sunday program and for being the writer, producer, and host of KJZZ Television's The Joseph Smith Papers and KSL Television's History of the Saints TV series. Rawson was born in Idaho. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 18 and later served as a Mormon missionary in Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in wildlife and range management at Brigham Young University and later received a master's degree in educational administration from Idaho State University. For several years Rawson was a full-time seminary and institute teacher. He was also a frequent speaker at various Especially For Youth sessions. A collection of inspirational stories by Rawson entitled In the Midst of Thee has also been published. Rawson is currently working on a Ph.D. in political science and constitutional law.

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  •  3/22/2022 07:00 PM - 3/22/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Wooden Tantrum is an award-winning Celtic band, featuring Bret Sevy on Boldrum, Britain Sevy on Guitar and Tara Tishner world class Celtic and classical violinist. Come and enjoy best in state Irish traditional melodies and foot stomping jigs March 22 as we continue the concert series at the Old Historic Pioneer Courthouse 97 E. St. George Blvd. Parking available. No admission.

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  •  3/19/2022 10:00 AM - 3/19/2022 10:30 AM
  •   100 West Tabernacle Street, St. George, UT, USA

How appropriate to dedicate this bronze statue of beloved educator, author and historian, Juanita Brooks during Women’s History Month! Brooks’ curiosity, courage and candor made her one of our community’s greatest treasures and a veracious trailblazer.

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  •  3/18/2022 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

In conjunction with the Juanita Brooks unveiling, a new play will be show cased at the Pioneer Courthouse. Entitled "Hard Truths, " this story by Debora Threedy weaves together the story of two women whose lives are indelibly altered by attempts to erase the events of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. One woman is based on the true story of Juanita Brooks and her 15-year struggle to research then bring to light the death of 120 emigrants in 1857. The other woman is fictional and based on a child who survived the massacre, read by a cast of local actors and free of charge, this event will tally the cost of attempting to erase and then refusing to face the past.

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  •  3/3/2022 07:00 PM - 3/3/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Wendy Spooner will discuss why the arts are important to humanity. Wendy is a Genetic Genealogist by day, a writer by night, and an artist in between. She has recently become a member of the City of St. George Arts Commission. Come enjoy her enthusiastic and energetic personality as she describes the most influential works of paintings, sculpture, music, literature, and drama, including local St. George settlers' artwork.

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  •  2/26/2022 10:00 AM - 2/26/2022 02:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Meet at the Pioneer Courthouse to caravan to Springdale to arrive at 11:00. The group will meet for orientation. Some of the activities will include 1) 5 min. Walk to the Bishops Granary 2) 15 min. Drive to Pioneer Cemetery and walk to the site. 3) 5 min. Drive through Towns current Cemetery. 4) 5 min. Drive to Historic Jail. 5.) 5 Min. Drive to the Museum Construction site. 6) 5 Min. Drive past Ditch water system interpretive site. 7) 5 min. Drive to Under the Eaves NRHP monument 5 min. Tour. Field trip should last 1 1/2 hours. Those who wish to drive into Zion NP can continue their self-tour at that time. Rich Levin will be leading the tour in Springdale.

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  •  2/22/2022 07:00 PM - 2/22/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

The Sunday Best Jazz Band brings fun, accessible jazz standards to southern Utah. Together since 2015, this talented group plays a wide variety of jazz music, from classic ballads to Mardi Gras.

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  •  2/16/2022 03:00 PM - 2/16/2022 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

If you love history and want to help preserve the history of our beautiful area, come find out what volunteer opportunities are available at the Pioneer Courthouse and with other historical groups - Washington County Historical Society, Sons of Utah Pioneers, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and Arts to Zion (Silver Reef).

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  •  2/3/2022 07:00 PM - 2/3/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 East Saint George Boulevard, St. George, UT, USA

Former Mayor, Dan McArthur will share his experiences as a life-long resident of St. George, and long-term Mayor. Dan is a direct descendant of Daniel Duncan McArthur, one of the founding fathers of St. George. There is a new display at the Pioneer Courthouse for visitors to learn a little more about what it took to establish our community.

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  •  1/25/2022 07:00 PM - 1/25/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Youth from the Cedar Band of Paiutes will be performing after having to cancel in December due to snow.

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  •  1/15/2022 12:00 PM - 1/15/2022 03:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

The Arts to Zion Studio Tour is partnering with local restaurants for a sampling of foods at various locations. In addition to the "nibbles", live music will be provided. Enjoy Angelica's food at the Pioneer Courthouse.

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  •  1/15/2022 10:00 AM - 1/15/2022 11:00 AM
  •   145 North 100 East, St. George, UT, USA

Lecture at DUP Museum describing process of growing seeds to making shawls.

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  •  1/13/2022 11:00 AM - 1/17/2022 03:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Annual Arts to Zion Studio Tour will visit Pioneer Courthouse. Preshow on January 7 through January 12. Kimberly Jackson will be demonstrating her work during the Martin Luther King weekend.

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  •  12/18/2021 10:00 AM
  •   97 E. St. George Blvd.

Yes. the Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang are returning, this time with Santa. Join us at 10AM or 12N for the 15-minute reenactment.

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  •  12/15/2021 12:00 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

To history buffs of all ages! Celebrate the holiday season with Washington County Historical Society. RSVP for one of four free and fun guided walking tours of historic downtown St. George on Wednesday, December 15. Click on READ MORE to use QR Code and sign-up. All tours start at the Pioneer Courthouse, 97 East St. George Boulevard. Watch the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Enjoy light refreshments at the Pioneer Courthouse after your tour. Group size limited to 15. Face masks recommended. Questions? Call 435-632-1215

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  •  12/14/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E. St. George Blvd.

We are in for a treat! Youth groups from the Cedar Band and the Shivwits Band of Paiutes will be sharing their talents for us on Tuesday, December 14 at the Pioneer Courthouse. Be there at 7:00 PM.

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  •  12/2/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

What can be better than to listen to delightful stories from Christmas' past as only Lyman Hafen can tell us. Don't miss "Dixie Christmas" at the Pioneer Courthouse.

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  •  11/20/2021 10:00 AM - 11/20/2021 12:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang return. Come watch the 15-minute reenactment of a "shootout" on the front lawn of the Pioneer Museum. Don't be late.

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  •  11/16/2021 07:00 PM - 11/16/2021 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT 84770, USA

Lauryn Statham, a lovely 23-yr-old (almost), has been singing her entire life. She has taught herself to play the guitar and enjoys writing her own songs. Come be entertained.

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  •  11/4/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770

Come listen to the intriguing story of Olive and Frank - considered a "Tragic Love Story" given by Allison McCord.

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  •  10/26/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770

Come enjoy an entertaining evening to end the Oktoberfest season.

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  •  10/23/2021 09:00 AM
  •   97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770

Mark your calendar. Plan to take a field trip to Springdale. Participants will enjoy a historical site route created by Rich Levin, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for Springdale. The Event will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 23 at the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George, and then the group will caravan to Springdale in their own vehicles. Signup https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5A928A5FC1-springdale

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  •  10/16/2021 10:00 AM
  •   97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770

The Muddy River Gang Returns. Come to the Pioneer Courthouse at 10:00 AM or 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Watch this short re-enactment and then plan to attend the special event at the Pioneer Museum and hear Colin Smith share his talent in woodworking which will begin immediately after the “Shootout.”

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  •  9/30/2021 06:00 PM
  •   Hela Seegmiller Historic Farm, 2592 S 3000 E
  •  9/11/2021 09:00 AM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  8/5/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  7/27/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  7/24/2021 01:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse, 97 E St George Boulevard
  •  7/1/2021 11:00 AM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  6/26/2021 10:00 AM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  6/22/2021 07:00 PM
  •  6/10/2021 08:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse 97 E St. George Blvd
  •  6/3/2021 10:00 AM - 8/28/2021 10:00 AM
  •   Art Museum, 212 N Main Street
  •  5/25/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  5/18/2021 07:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard
  •  5/6/2021 07:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse, 97 E St George Blvd

Pioneer Corner Lecture Series, Southern Utah Memories, presented by Loren Webb To attend in person, sign-in https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5A928A5FC1-lecture or Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86979850186?pwd=NEhHK3ZaTzlWMWRTS1Q5VXczcU5hQT09

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  •  4/1/2021 07:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse, 97 E St George Blvd

Pioneer Corner Lecture Series, How the LDS Tabernacle Made St George a Regional Capital, presented by Doug Alder To attend in-person, sign-in https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4DA5A928A5FC1-lecture or Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86979850186?pwd=NEhHK3ZaTzlWMWRTS1Q5VXczcU5hQT09

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  •  3/13/2021 11:00 AM
  •   97 E St George Boulevard

Historic Walking Tour along St George Boulevard and 100 West to see highlights such as the Gardener's Club, Augustus Hardy House, The Old Jail House, Emma Parker Morris house, Dr. Pike home, Brigham Young home, Adolphus and Mary Whitehead home, Edwin and Mary Woolley home, Israel and Anna Ivins home for more info see: https://static.s123-cdn.com/uploads/3225498/normal_5fff55433895f.pdf

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  •  3/4/2021 07:00 PM
  •   Pioneer Courthouse, 97 E St George Blvd

Pioneer Corner Lecture Series, Lore of Faith and Folly, presented by Susannah Nillson

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  •  2/23/2021 07:00 PM

For a little over four years, sisters singing duo Kaitlin Sevy and Marissa Sevy Thompson have blended their voices performing an eclectic set of songs about heartache, vices, and finding your way despite adversity. “Bow with the Sin”, their 2018 debut album, ranges from alt-country to indie/folk inspired by artists such as Brandi Carlile, First Aid Kid, Hank Williams and Julia Jacklin. After touring in the Pacific Northwest, Kaitlin and Marissa continue writing songs for an upcoming new EP, but for now are excited to perform for a live audience again!

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St. George Pioneer Corner, composed of both the Pioneer Courthouse and the McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum, celebrates the history of early southern Utah. Photographs, artifacts, and stories communicate the narrative of those who lived in this beautiful and unique country.

Four distinct eras constitute the early story of this area:

1. Early Explorers
2. Paiutes
3. Indian Missionaries
4. The Early Settlements

Explore each of these eras and their peoples to more fully understand how this area developed and grew into the thriving metropolis of today.
Area History

Early explorers to the area were Catholic Priests. In 1776, Father Dominguez and Father Escalante traversed this wild country in their pursuit of a trail to reach the Pacific Ocean. The Domínguez–Escalante expedition was a Spanish journey of exploration conducted in 1776 by two Franciscan priests, Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, to find an overland route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to their Roman Catholic mission in Monterey, on the coast of modern day central California. Domínguez, Vélez de Escalante, and Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco, acting as the expedition's cartographer, traveled with ten men from Santa Fe through many unexplored portions of the American West, including present-day western Colorado, Utah, and northern Arizona. Along part of the journey, they were aided by three indigenous guides of the Timpanogos tribe (Ute people). The land was harsh and unforgiving, and hardships encountered during travel forced the group to return to Santa Fe before reaching Las Californias. Maps and documentation produced by the expedition aided future travelers. The Domínguez–Escalante route eventually became an early template for the Old Spanish Trail, a trade route from Santa Fe to Pacific Coast settlements."

Several explorers came after the Escalante and Dominguez expedition, such as Jedediah Smith, John Fremont, and Jim Bridger, to name a few. Each added to the body of knowledge needed to face the challenges in the mountains of the West. Much information was passed on to Brigham Young as he prepared the exodus from the United States to the Great Salt Lake Valley.

James Andrus

Manamos Lovina Gibson

Benjamin Franklin Woolley

Olive Carter Foss

Erastus Snow

Leader of 309 Families to St. George 12-1861

Angus M. Cannon

1st Elected Mayor of St. George

Jacob M. Gates

2nd Mayor of St. George

Bloomington Monument

Bloomington Monument

In Bloomington there is a marker that describes the early days in the area.

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Gunlock

Gunlock

The little town of Gunlock was named for William Haynes Hamblin.

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Pine Valley

Pine Valley

Harrisburg

Harrisburg

  • Pioneer Courthouse 97 UT-34, St. George, Utah, 84770
  • 97 E. St. George Blvd., St. George, UT 84770