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Kanab in Kane County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Kanab Public Square

 
 
Kanab Public Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 17, 2016
1. Kanab Public Square Marker
Inscription. In the spring of 1870 Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former Governor of the Territory of Utah, passed through the area on a tour of southern Utah settlements. Upon his return to Salt Lake City, President Young sent a group of 52 pioneers led by Levi Stewart to settle a community along the banks of Kanab Creek, a gentle stream of water flowing through the area.

Young returned in September of 1870 with surveyor Jesse Fox, “To lay out the town”. The town consisted of one square mile, with a block in the center set aside for public buildings and designated Kanabís public square. The other blocks were divided into 4 lots each, and numbered. The head of each family then drew for a lot.

The Public Square (bordered by Center Street, Main Street, 100 North and 100 West) served as a center for community activities including: church meetings, education, recreation and entertainment. Four important buildings were erected on the Square: the Tithing Office, Academy, Ward Hall, and the pioneer Chapel. This aerial view shows the Public Square as it looked in 1950: the Chapel (southeast corner of the Square) is at the lower center; the Ward Hall (southwest corner) is at the left; both the Academy (northeast corner) and the Tithing Office (northwest corner) were gone. Plaques
Kanab Public Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 17, 2016
2. Kanab Public Square Marker
at each corner denote the buildings. Additional information is available at the Kanab Heritage Museum.
 
Erected 2012 by Kanab Heritage and Historic Preservation Board.
 
Location. 37° 2.902′ N, 112° 31.728′ W. Marker is in Kanab, Utah, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of West Center Street and North Main Street, on the right when traveling west on West Center Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Kanab UT 84741, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Kanab Chapel (here, next to this marker); The Academy Bell (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Academy Bell (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Bob Hoy (within shouting distance of this marker); Ted Markland (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Collier (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Peggie Castle (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kanab.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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