Zion National Park in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The early Mormon settlers of Springdale and other Virgin River communities were resourceful and enterprising farmers. Taking advantage of the natural water resources available on the canyon floor, they dug irrigation systems and planted corn, vegetables, fruit, and tobacco. Timber was harvested from atop the plateaus and livestock grazed in the canyons and on the surrounding mesas.
[Blue marker below]
When the settlers first arrived, the high plateaus around Zion were thickly forested with old-growth ponderosa pine. Before this valuable resource could be harvested, a method had to be found for moving timber from the mesa tops down into the valley.
The pioneers first tried rolling logs off the canyon rims, but they shattered to kindling on impact thousands of feet below. Then a local man named David Flanigan devised an ingenious mechanism of pulleys and cables to carry cut boards from a sawmill atop the plateau to the canyon floor. The Zion Cableworks operated for 26 years before being abandoned in 1927.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 37° 12.011′ N, 112° 59.253′ W. Marker is in Zion National Park, Utah, in Washington County. Touch for map. Marker is
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Westward Expansion (here, next to this marker); Birth of a Park (here, next to this marker); Original Inhabitants / Living Traditions (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovery of Zion Canyon (approx. one mile away); Zion Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway, Utah (approx. 1½ miles away); Rockville Bridge (approx. 4 miles away); Cables from the Rim (approx. 5.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Zion National Park. (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Springdale, Utah. (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 21, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.