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  • Date: 8/3/2023 07:00 PM - 8/3/2023 08:00 PM
  • Location 97 UT-34, St. George, UT 84770 (Map)
  • More Info: Pioneer Courthouse - 97 E. St. George Blvd.


Don't miss this free lecture at the Pioneer Courthouse! 

Reuben Wadsworth will be sharing his love of Hurricane - specifically information about the Hurricane Canal and Smith Mesa. Settled in 1906, Hurricane was late in the whole scheme of Mormon colonization of Southern Utah, but it arguably has one of the most interesting and faith-promoting foundation stories of the region considering its determined visionaries and canal builders who successfully harnessed the Virgin River to supply water to the parched Hurricane Bench. 

Come hear the story of the construction and maintenance of the Hurricane Canal from the son of one of the canal's last "ditch riders," who were vital in making sure the canal was flowing properly.

Smith Mesa, adjacent to the Western border of Zion National Park, was one of the last places settlers could homestead land in Washington County. You are certain to enjoy the story of these hardy homesteaders from the great grandson of one of the original homesteading couples.