Washington in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
“Utah’s Dixie” Washington City
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1857.
Location. 37° 7.825′ N, 113° 30.528′ W. Marker is in Washington, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on East Telegraph Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 East Telegraph Rd, Washington UT 84780, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
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