The Pioneer Courthouse in St. George, Utah was opened in December 2019 specifically to help residents and visitors learn more about the history of Southern Utah. Through collaboration with the Washington County Historical Society (WCHS), the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum (DUP), the Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP), and Arts to Zion, displays have been created to depict the early days of the area, and tours are offered daily for visitors to get a feel of what it was like to first settle the harsh area often called "Dixie." Each group has gathered and archived on its own 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. Events of historic nature are encouraged and promoted. The WCHS website’s history of the Pioneer Courthouse
is a good example of WCHS efforts.
The St. George Pioneer Courthouse is the oldest public building in Washington County, standing proudly on the corner 100 E. and St. George Blvd., and creating a Pioneer Corner next to the McQuarrie Memorial Museum. Built in 1870, the structure served as the County Courthouse for 90 years, being a hub for citizens of every community in the area. It now serves as a historic landmark where photos of early days can be shared to help visitors understand what it took to build a permanent settlement out of such a harsh environment. Stories are told of the specific challenges endured. Activities are held to bring people together to celebrate living in such a beautiful land. The building was constructed of local sandstone and has many unique features, including 18-inch-thick walls, old chandeliers, a cupola designed with a gallows, and the local jail. Tours are available
The Pioneer Courthouse is an all-volunteer organization.