Hurricane in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
On June 27, 144, a mob with blackened faces killed the Prophet. Hatred and malice steadily increased and by February, 1846, it was evident our people must flee again. Brigham Young, an apostle, now became the leader and gave order for a mass exodus to begin. On solid ice the first wagons rolled across the Mississippi River
Brigham Young, with the first company of exiles, entered the Great Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The next twenty years saw numerous covered wagon trains and hand-cart companies crossing the plains of mid-America. Many converts came from Europe to join the exodus. From 1846 to 1866 nearly 80,000 made the trek to Utah, and over 6,000 others were buried along the 1,300 miles trail.
Being so far from civilization the new Mormon empire must now become self-sufficient. Exploration parties were sent far and wide to find suitable places to colonize. This area became known as Utah’s Dixie because of its semi-tropical climate. During the Civil War cotton was desperately needed so the church leaders called families to come south to settle and raise cotton and other crops which could best be grown in this warm climate. With the coming of the railroad and establishment of peace with the U.S. Government, the need for the cotton industry gradually subsided.
The Virgin River Basin was now left with many little towns struggling for survival. Malaria fever, isolation, and a turbulent, unconquerable river contributed to the extreme hardships. Large families and a lack of land prompted the faint hearted to move elsewhere.
Our town was incorporated in 1912. Thanks be to God for these stalwart, dedicated, hard-working and religious people—the pioneers of Hurricane.
Erected 1988 by Sons of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 23-C.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Settlements & Settlers . In addition, it is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers series list.
Location. 37° 10.565′ N, 113° 17.32′ W. Marker is in Hurricane, Utah, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from State Street. In Hurricane Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 W State Street, Hurricane UT 84737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Roads to Utah’s Dixie (here, next to this marker); Hurricane Canal (here, next to this marker); Hurricane Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); Survival in Utah’s Dixie (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Trails (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurricane.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,666 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.