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“Utah’s Dixie” Washington City

 
 
"Utah's Dixie" Washington City Founded 1857 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 22, 2007
1. "Utah's Dixie" Washington City Founded 1857 Marker
Inscription. Founded 1857. This monument is erected in honor and memory of the founders of Washington City. The settlers who arrived 1857 were sent here by Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the purpose of growing cotton to clothe Mormon pioneers and to colonize the territory. Those early pioneers named their city on May 5 or 6, 1857 in honor of George Washington and also called the area “Dixie” in rememberence of their former homes in the South.

Living in the arid desert proved extremely difficult. Reoccuring challenges such as malaria (egue or chills and fever), the lack of food, poor water and other diseases disabled and disseminated the setters.

The Virgin River, providing water to irrigate fields, was crucial to the settlers. However, frequent flash floods washed out the dams built to divert the water from the river to the fields. This resulted in stavation and undue hardship. It took the pioneers thirty-four years to conquer the mightly “Rio Virgin” doing so with the completion of the Washington Fields Dam in 1891.

(List of settlers follows)
 
Erected 1994 by Washington City Historical Society.
 
Location. 37° 7.825′ N,
“Utah’s Dixie” Washington City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. “Utah’s Dixie” Washington City Marker
113° 30.528′ W. Marker is in Washington, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on East Telegraph Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 East Telegraph Rd, Washington UT 84780, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Utah’s Dixie Birthplace, Washington City (here, next to this marker); The Granary (here, next to this marker); Prominent Pioneer Men and Women Who Helped Settle Washington City (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas W. Smith's Corn Cracker & Grist Millstone (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Relief Society Hall (about 700 feet away); ZCMI Co-op Building (about 700 feet away); Adair Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington City 1857 (approx. Ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
“Utah’s Dixie” Washington City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
3. “Utah’s Dixie” Washington City Marker
Additonal names of settlers image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 22, 2007
4. Additonal names of settlers
 
 
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