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Telegraph Street / Millcreek Mills

 
 
Millcreeek Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
1. Millcreeek Mills Marker
Inscription. Telegraph Street. When Washington was laid out in May, 1857, there was not a street named or located where Telegraph Street is today. It was not until the resurvey of January, 1873, ordered by Wm. Snow, Judge of the Probate Court dated December, 1872, that Telegraph Street was shown on a city map. The Telegraph was completed between St. George and Logan, Utah on January 10, 1867, and the wire for the telegraph was located about where Telegraph Street is today.

Millcreek Mills. Machine Creek was the original name of Millcreek. John M. Chidester sold the water rights from Machine Creek to Brigham Young in 1864 so that the cotton factory could be built. It must have been after all of the mills were built along the creek that the name Millcreek came into existence. There were at least 8 mills built along the creek: #1 James Richey’s cotton gin was built in May, 1858. The first cotton gin built in the area. #2 Thomas W. Smith’s corn cracker mill was built in 1857 about halfway between Telegraph Street and the mouth of Millcreek where it enters the Rio Virgin. #3 Theodore Turley had a gristmill a few hundred yards below where the cotton factory is. John D. Lee purchased this mill and later sold it to Henry Barney of Grafton before 1860. #4 John D. Lee’s grist and lumber mill was finished
Telegraph Street / Millcreek Mills Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 30, 2012
2. Telegraph Street / Millcreek Mills Markers
in the fall of 1861 on the east side of the reek near the Turley’s mill site. #5 Snow’s gristmill on the west side of the creek opposite Jon D. Lee’s mill was built in 1866. #6 Hawley’s cane mill near the mouth of Millcreek was built before 1859. This mill was obtained by John D. Lee and his new replacement mill #7 was finished in September 1859. #8 The Cotton Factory was started to be built in 1865 and completely finished in 1870.
 
Erected 2000 by Washington City Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 7.805′ N, 113° 30.806′ W. Marker is in Washington, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on Telegraph Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 W Telegraph, Washington UT 84780, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington City 1857 (here, next to this marker); ZCMI Co-op Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Relief Society Hall (about 600 feet away); Thomas W. Smith's Corn Cracker & Grist Millstone (about 700 feet away); Washington Cotton Factory (about 700 feet away); a different
#8 Washington Cotton Factory image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
3. #8 Washington Cotton Factory
marker also named Washington Cotton Factory (about 700 feet away); ZCMI Co-op Building 1875–1921 (about 800 feet away); Prominent Pioneer Men and Women Who Helped Settle Washington City (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Entrance to the Nisson Park image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
4. Entrance to the Nisson Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3, 4. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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