Stockholders obtained shares in the Cottonwood Water Canal by donating their labor. When the canal was completed, water entered the city by flowing over the red hill. It is recorded that this was the most beneficial piece of work ever to be done for the growth and progress of St. George. Sixty percent of the shares were owned by men who had donated their labor. Mayor Brown had George T. Cottam, Brigham Jarvis and William Baker oversee the project.