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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Many items in the McQuarrie Memorial Museum maintained and operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) depict the amazing efforts made by 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 created 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 Museum continually receives items donated by family members of early settlers.  The displays and arrangements of the rooms frequently change.
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 Historical Society’s efforts.

The WCHS was deeply involved in raising funds to erect a statue in honor of Juanita Brooks, a local historian and author. A community-wide event was held in St. George's Town Square in March 2022 to unveil the statute to several hundred members of the community, family, and friends.  Juanita was employed as a teacher at Dixie College. She 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 designed the life-size statue.  There is a beautiful quilt hanging in the courthouse that commemorates the efforts to reconcile the members of the Fancher family and descendants of early Utah residents.

WCHS is currently spearheading a project to gather histories from residents on the effects, implications, and impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Stories have been submitted to the Society.

WCHS is responsible for the overall operations of the Pioneer Courthouse.
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 during the Heritage Days weekend in January that celebrates the creation of St. George. In 2022, Arts to Zion initiated the Ala cARTe tour inviting guests to visit a variety of art galleries to celebrate the artists. Local restaurants participated by providing a "Taste of Food." Musicians made the event complete with their enjoyable music.  Arts to Zion is critical to the support of 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.
  •  10/6/2022 07:00 PM - 10/6/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Learn about this unique period of time when couples travelled long distances by wagon to the St. George Temple after it was completed. Loren Webb will share much of what he has learned about this piece of history that had a great impact on the growth of our community.

  •  10/15/2022 09:00 AM - 10/15/2022 02:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Group will meet at Pioneer Courthouse at 9:00 to caravan to Leeds town hall 218 North Main by 10:00. Many interesting historical sites will be visited.

  •  10/15/2022 09:45 AM - 10/15/2022 11:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Two 15-minute reenactments of a wild-west shootout - 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM in front of the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy the monthly lecture at the Museum from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Free Family Friendly.

  •  10/20/2022 07:00 AM - 10/20/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Katherine Kitterman will present a riveting history of Martha Hughes Cannon who was the 1st Female Senator. Martha was married to the first mayor of St. George, and ran against him in the race for Senator. Come here the full story.

  •  11/19/2022 09:45 AM - 11/19/2022 11:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Two 15-minute reenactments of wild-west shootout at 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM. In front of the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy the monthly lecture at the Museum from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Free - family friendly

  •  12/1/2022 07:00 PM - 12/1/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition was a Spanish Journey of exploration conducted in 1776 by two Franciscan priests, Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante to find an overland route which eventually became the Spanish Trail, a trade route from Santa Fe to Pacific Coast settlements. This expedition going on the same time as our Declaration of Independence. Let Reuben Wadsworth share insights to this historic journey. Free to all - 7:00 PM at the Pioneer Courthouse.

  •  12/17/2022 09:45 AM - 12/17/2022 11:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Only one performance at Noon in front of the Pioneer Museum. Santa will come for visit. Free Family Friendly.

  •  9/17/2022 09:45 AM - 9/17/2022 11:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Two 15-minute reenactments of a wild-west shootout - 9:45 AM and 11:15 AM in front of the Pioneer Museum. Enjoy the monthly lecture at the Museum from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Free Family Friendly.

  •  9/17/2022 09:00 AM - 9/17/2022 02:00 PM
  •   97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770

Come join the Washington County Historical Society in a delightful field trip to Pine Valley Mountain - a perfect destination to visit during the last days of summer. The group will caravan from the Pioneer Courthouse, up highway 18 to Pine Valley, leaving at 9:00 AM to enjoy a visit of historical sites. Bring a lunch to eat during your trip. The group should return by 2:00 PM. If you want to meet us in Pine Valley - be at the Pine Valley Chapel at 10:00. You might want to take advantage of being in Pine Valley and go to the park. Current posted rate for entry is $4.00.

  •  9/1/2022 07:00 PM - 9/1/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Edward Leo Lyman III is an educator, historian, author, and philanthropist. He as taught and published books and article on the history of the western United States or over 35 years. He received his doctorate from University of California, riverside. Leo is a lifetime member of the Washington County Historical Society, He has been the Utah State Director of the Old Spanish Trail Association. Come learn about the importance of this route to the transcontinental highway system. Free to all.

  •  8/31/2022 12:00 PM - 8/31/2022 01:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

This will be our first "brown bag lunch" lecture. Come hear Nathan Waite tell stories about Zion Canyon. Nathan is an editor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Department.

  •  8/20/2022 10:00 AM - 8/20/2022 10:15 AM

The Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang return to delight us with their 15-minute re-enactment of a wild west shootout. The second performance will be at 11:00 AM.

  •  8/4/2022 07:00 PM - 8/4/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

You don't want to miss this! Kelly James Larson, former Police Officer will tell of Dixie's Early Law Enforcement

  •  7/16/2022 10:00 AM - 7/16/2022 10:15 AM

Another visit by the Lawmen and the Muddy River Gang. Come see this exciting group share a short 15-minute re-enactment of a wild west shootout. Second show at 11 AM

  •  7/7/2022 07:00 PM - 7/7/2022 08:00 PM

We have all heard of Butch Cassidy, but what do you know about his family and their life in Southern Utah? Come listen to Dixie Miller share many insights into the life of the Parkers.

  •  7/7/2022 10:00 AM - 8/27/2022 11:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - meet at the St. George Art Museum just prior to 10 AM to begin journey to meet historic characters and buildings in downtown St. George. An air-conditioned shuttle bus will take you from one location to another. Each tour is approximately 2 hours long with a tour guide sharing tidbits of history with you. This is a wonderful way to share this history with family and friends - especially those visiting from out-of-the area. Minimal cost.

  •  6/28/2022 07:00 PM - 6/28/2022 08:00 PM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

A fun evening of being part of a patriotic jam session. Lead by Ross Hart. Anyone with a desire to play or listen or sing along, please bring yourself and join in. This will be a great way to get into the patriotic spirit for the 4th and 24th of July.

  •  6/18/2022 10:00 AM - 6/18/2022 10:15 AM
  •   97 E St George Blvd, St. George, UT, USA

Come watch this exciting Wild West show - only 15 minutes. Will repeat at 11:00 AM

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

Loren Covington Lecture by Kathy Tobler

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

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

Lecture by Mary Ann Kirk, Mormon Battalion Association

  •  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

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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).

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

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

Come enjoy an entertaining evening to end the Oktoberfest season.

  •  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

  •  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.”

  •  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

  •  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

  •  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

  •  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

  •  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!

Green Gate Village

Green Gate Village

This document describes the many historic buildings included in the Green Gate Village just west of Main Street on Tabernacle Street in St. George, Utah. The homes were lived in by some of our earliest settlers. Other buildings are described along the way.

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Ancestor Square

Ancestor Square

The Ancestor Square walking tour describes many historical buildings in the block called "Ancestor Square." These buildings have been converted into restaurants, retailers, and art galleries.

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Pioneer Corner

Pioneer Corner

The Pioneer Corner walking tour highlights the two main buildings consisting of the Pioneer Courthouse and the Pioneer Museum. The Courthouse is one of the oldest standing buildings in Washington County. Others building occupying the city block are also described.

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Town Square

Town Square

The Town Square walking tour describes many important buildings such as the Tabernacle, the Dixie Academy (Children's Discovery Museum), and Woodward School. Many community events are held in this square.

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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. 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

Two of the early explorers to the area were Franciscan Catholic Priests. In 1776, Father Atanasio Dominguez and Father Silvestre Velez de 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, three indigenous guides of the Timpanogos tribe (Ute people) aided them. The land was harsh and unforgiving, and hardships encountered during travel forced the group to return to Santa Fe, New Mexico 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.

INDIAN MISSION - JOHN DOYLE LEE The first settlement in Washington County was not made until the fall of 1852, when John D. Lee took a small company and set out to colonize Harmony. One year from this time the first missionaries to the Indians of the south were called. With the expanding of the Territory, with new converts arriving in large numbers each season, President Brigham Young sensed more and more the need of an open corridor to the sea. The Old Spanish Trail needed to be kept open and free of danger from Indian attacks if the people were to secure many of the things which they would need. But this economic aspect was only a part of the reason for the Indian Mission. Mormons believed the Native Americans were their brethren and should be taught Christianity and the arts of civilized life. On April 14, 1854, 21 men were called by Brigham Young as Indian Missionaries. These men left for the Southern Territory just after the October General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints. The ages of these men ranged from 17 to 47. Four of the men, Jacob Hamblin, Samuel Knight, Augustus P. Hardy, and Ira Hatch saw this as a life-long call. They befriended the Paiutes, taught and encouraged them in better agriculture and stopped the slave trading being conducted by Mexican traders and Northern Utes. Missionaries and their families suffered poverty, threats to life, loss of loved ones, floods, malaria, droughts, isolation, and countless other hardships. A few of the missionaries married Paiute women and adopted or raised Indian children. Janet Leavitt was an Indian wife of Dudley Leavitt. Nina Pulsipher was an adopted Indian child. Rhoda Carpenter and Cora Keate were also adopted children. Ira Hatch’s family included an Indian wife, Sarah Maraboots. Dave Lemmon was purchased from the Indians by Jim Lemmon and raised as his own son. An extremely unfortunate incident was the death of Maria Woodbury, the seventeen-year-old wife of Thales Haskell. A young Indian boy took their gun from above the mantel and began examining it, when it discharged, the bullet entering Maria’s thigh and lodged under the skin near the upper part of her abdomen. The attempts to treat her were hopeless. She was shot on a Saturday morning and died the next Sunday morning, June 23, 1856. She was the first to be buried in the Santa Clara Cemetery

JACOB VERNON HAMBLIN Jacob Hamblin was born on 6 April 1819 in Ohio. His parents were farmers, and he learned farming as a youth. In 1836 his family moved to Wisconsin Territory and homesteaded at a place called Spring Prairie. Hamblin’s father told Jacob when he was nineteen that he had been a faithful boy and that it was time for him to go into the world and do something for himself. Hamblin then traveled more than a hundred miles west and went to work in the Galena mines. After working for a few months, he barely escaped a rock fall that killed his co-worker. The incident gave him an aversion to mining, and he never returned to the mines. Collecting his wages, he returned to Wisconsin and paid for the land he had helped homestead. After listening to the Mormon preaching, he joined the Mormon Church on 3 March 1842. Hamblin started missionary work almost immediately and became known as a faith healer, showing the signs of “those that believe,” in his words. The next year he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the Mormon Church headquarters were located. Anti-Mormon sentiment was building, and Hamblin and his family received their share. At that time, he met and married Rachel Judd. His family moved west with the Mormons. He settled in Tooele Valley and became acquainted with local Indians who knew him as a friend. In 1854 Hamblin was called as a missionary to the Indians in southern Utah. Again, he became known for his influence with Native Americans because of his integrity and his willingness to be friends with them. He had many spiritual experiences that caused the Indians to consider him invested with godly powers. After serving in his Indian mission for more than a year, Hamblin moved his family from Tooele to what is now Santa Clara. He then became president of the southern Utah Indian mission. In the fall of 1857 Hamblin went north to confer with Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. On the way he encountered the Fancher Party of emigrants, California-bound from Arkansas, and Missouri. They asked him about the road and places to camp. He directed them to Mountain Meadows on the old Spanish Trail, about three miles from his home. He later expressed horror and repugnance at news of the massacre of the Fancher Party at Mountain Meadows. His wife Rachel helped care for the massacre survivors at the ranch. Jacob Hamblin had four wives: Lucinda Taylor; Rachel Judd; Sarah Priscilla Leavitt; Louisa Bonelli. He fathered twenty-four children and had several adopted children. His legacy was a missionary and friend to the Native Americas, helping smooth relations between them and the more recent arrivals in the land.

THOMAS DUNLOP BROWN Thomas Dunlop Brown was born Dec.16, 1807 in Scotland. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Liverpool Branch, British Mission on June 9, 1844. Thomas emigrated to the U.S.A. on April 6, 1849. T. D. Brown and Henry Miller had a store in Kaysville, Iowa. Other information in the Church Historians Office shows articles written by Thomas Dunlap Brown or T. D. Brown as referring to him, as follows: Some of the highlights shown in the above references are Jan. 25, 1854, List of emigrants helped by the Perpetual Fund shows the name of T. D. Brown. By this it would seem he had again been to England. April 3, 1854, shows his name again as being a member of the 35th Quorum of Seventy, as published in the Deseret News. April 3, 1854, shows a list of missionaries of the Parley P. Pratt Company in T. D. Brown's own handwriting as secretary‑recorder of the group. Inventory of materials they carried to the Southern Indian Mission, signed by T. D. Brown, Clerk. Feb. 27, 1855, a new society named Philharmonic Society, meeting in T. D. Brown’s large room. Mar. 20, 1855, a meeting held at Cedar City, Utah schoolhouse. A Stake was organized in Cedar City and Harmony. Twelve High Councilmen were chosen, among which were T. D. Brown and Joshua Thomas Willis. July 24, 1855, celebration at Parowan, Utah, T. D. Brown was the orator and on July 25th., he was mentioned as having continued to help with their program. Oct. 13, 1855, he reports on exploring expedition on the Colorado River, believing it to be navigable. Oct. 20, 1855, a Quarterly Conference was held at Farmington, Davis County, Utah. Present among missionaries was T. D. Brown. Oct. 20, 1855, tells of Indian trouble and of a young Indian threatening T. D. Brown who is spoken of as President Brown. Some Indian boys rode their horses through their wheat fields and drew their bows and arrows, thus the settlers had to take up firearms for protection. While serving in the Southern Indian Mission he met Mary Lucretia Willis, the charming daughter of William Wesley and Mary Margaret Willis. Lucretia’s mother had died when she was only thirteen years of age. Her father married again, and Lucretia was living in the home of a stepmother. Having reached the age of eighteen her hand was sought in marriage by one Thomas D. Brown, not by courting and wooing, but merely by asking William Wesley's consent to take Lucretia as his wife. Her father approached her and told her he wanted to talk to her in private. After secluding themselves he told Lucretia that Bro. Brown wanted to marry her as a plural wife. She protested, saying. “I don’t love Bro. Brown and besides he is so much older than me.” (T. D. Brown being 47 years of age while she was only eighteen.) Her father commanded her to get ready, in a manner she knew was final. So, she prepared herself for the ordeal of becoming a bride without further fanfare. They were married in the Endowment House at Cedar City, Utah in 1855. She learned to love Thos. D. Brown and to this union were born a daughter and two sons. Emily, who died in infancy, John William and Frank were their children. He continued to serve as a missionary in the locality of Southern Utah until he was honorably released in the year of 1856. He then moved to Salt Lake City,

WILLIAM HENEFER William Henefer's father, James Henefer Sr. (1791-1862), was a tinner, buckle maker, and iron monger. When William was seven years old, his mother, Charlotte Hicken Hennefer (1793-1832) died, and his father remarried around 1831 to Elizabeth Smith. In October 1840 two missionaries convinced William and his brother James Hennefer, that the gospel was true, and they were baptized in 1844. They immediately started to save for the trip to America. It took William four years to save enough. After his arrival in America, he obtained work in Trenton, New Jersey, where he met his future wife, Rebecca Ann Hays. They traveled to Council Bluffs where they joined a company of Saints going west. Upon their arrival, they found a home and William opened the first sanitary barbershop in Salt Lake City, known as Henefer’s Shaving Salon. In the spring of 1853, William and his brother, James, were called to take their families to Henefer where they were to help the migrating Saints as much as possible by being blacksmiths and raising fresh produce. In the winter William was a policeman. In April Conference 1854 he called to the Southern Indian Mission where he helped build Fort Santa Clara and Fort Harmony. He did proselyting work among the Indians of Southern Utah. William was called to serve as a member of the Deseret Dramatic Society to help with productions at the Social Hall. He was also called to be a freighter. He ran freight all over, even to San Bernardino, California. The town of Heneferville was named after William and his brother James. In 1885 William asked to be released from his mission in Hennefer. He returned home to Salt Lake where he opened a barbershop on Main Street. He served as Sunday School Superintendent and ward teacher. ---by Joan Hennefer Clark

AUGUSTUS POORE HARDY Augustus Poore Hardy was the Marshall in St. George 1874 to 1876 than the sheriff from 1877 to 1883. He served when the mining towns were perhaps the biggest problems law enforcement had faced since the first pioneer settled here in southern Utah. His history is colored with his chasing cattle thieves and shootouts with desperados like most other early law enforcement. Not many details are known about him other than he was both the Marshall and the Sheriff when Tom Forrest was taken from the county jail and hung in 1880 outside the Washington County Courthouse.

RUFUS ALLEN

RICHARD ROBINSON

SAMUEL KNIGHT

JOHN MURDOCK

ISAAC RIDDLE

IRA STEARNS HATCH

BENJAMIN KNELL

SAMUEL ATWOOD

LORENZO ROUNDY

JOHN SMILEY LOTT

THALES H. HASKELL

DAVID LEWIS

ROBERT RICHEY

AMOS G. THORNTON

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

Watch a series of short videos that take you to several historic buildings in St. George Utah.
This video introduces the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in St. George, Utah.
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This short mini tour visits the St. George Tabernacle in St. George, Utah.
This mini video visits the Historic Pioneer Courthouse as a reminder of its importance to the community for 90 years.

Catherine Steel

Catherine Steel is a character you might meet on an Historic St. George Live Tour in St. George, Utah

Jacob Hamblin

Jacob Hamblin always greets the guests arriving for the Historic St. George Live tours in St. George, Utah. Come learn his story.

Judge John Menzies Macfarlane

Judge Macfarlane holds a mock trial at the Historic Pioneer Courthouse when you attend an Historic St. George Live tour in St. George, Utah.

Louisa Hamblin

Come meet the wife of Jacob Hamblin and learn more about his personality as you attend an Historic St. George Live tour in St. George, Utah.

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