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 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.Learn More
The Dixie Encampment Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers honors and preserves our pioneering forefathers in St. George and Washington City, Utah.Learn More
Where history resonates and creativity soars. Sponsor of annual Arts to Zion Art Studio Tour. Supporter of Silver Reef MuseumLearn More
Members from various communities in Washington County, Utah, come together to promote the history of the towns and cities of this area.Learn More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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 435-632-1215Read More
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-springdaleRead More
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.”Read More
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=NEhHK3ZaTzlWMWRTS1Q5VXczcU5hQT09Read More
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.pdfRead More
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!Read More
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.