St. George

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St. George was founded in 1861 when over 300 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneer families were called on a mission to settle in a barren desert hundreds of miles from the nearest city. Pioneers grew cotton, and the warm climate reminded people of the Southern states, so it gained the nickname “Utah’s Dixie.” The first families strived to cultivate a life and farm on the banks of the Virgin River. Isolated from the rest of the country, St. George continued to struggle until the advent of the automobile gave it a spot on a major travel route. As more people started vacationing, St. George became a tourist destination for its proximity to national parks and, later, for its sunny days and golf courses.
ISBN: 9781467105989
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Utah
Series: Images of America
Images: 176
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Special Collections & Archives at Dixie State University has a wealth of rarely seen photographs. Most of the images curated in this book have not been seen by the public. Two Dixie State University librarians, Kathleen Broeder, head of Special Collections & Archives, and Dianne Aldrich, head of Library Public Services, seek to pass on their knowledge of local history and to open the vault to share these remarkable images with the world.
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