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Hurricane in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Smith Mesa

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
1. Smith Mesa Marker
Inscription.  Smith Mesa, northeast of Hurricane and nearly one-half mile higher in elevation, was named after Charles Nephi Smith, Bishop of Rockville from 1867 to 1891. He had a ranch house on Smith Creek and ran his cattle on this beautiful mesa.
Shortly after Hurricane was colonized in 1906, families from Hurricane, La Verkin and Toquerville filed on land for homesteads on Smith Mesa. These ranchers cultivated over 5000 acres of sandy loam.
Harvey and Emma Bradshaw Ballard, who helped colonize Hurricane, farmed 160 arches of land on Smith Mesa, and raised wheat, beans, corn, squash and melons on this dry farm. Their farm in Hurricane was irrigated by water from the Rio Virgin.
This wagon, which made many trips to Smith Mesa, often with a milk cow tied on the back, was donated to the Heritage Park by the Ballard Family.
 
Erected by Ballard Family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 10.574′ N, 113° 17.318′ W. Marker is
Smith Mesa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. Smith Mesa Marker
in Hurricane, Utah, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from West State Street. Marker is in Hurricane Valley Pioneer Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 West State Street, Hurricane UT 84737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Survival in Utah’s Dixie (a few steps from this marker); The Roads to Utah’s Dixie (a few steps from this marker); Early Day Wood Beam Walking Hand Plow (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Gratitude (a few steps from this marker); Hurricane City (a few steps from this marker); Hurricane Canal (a few steps from this marker); The Town Named After a Buggy Incident (a few steps from this marker); Historic Kolob Mountain (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurricane.
 
Smith Mesa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
3. Smith Mesa Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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