On this site, in 1862 the first Cotton Factory was erected in the west. Designed and operated by William Marsden and owned by Ebenizer Hanks. Here the first ball of Cotton Yarn was made west of the Mississippi River.
Girls that worked in the cotton factory:
- Caroline Newman (Mitchel)
- Lura Marsden (Benson)
- Maria Coombs (Taylor)
- Caroline Mortenson (Durham)
- Ellen Newman
- Elizah Lewis (Fish)
- Mary Mortenson (Wardell)
- Amanda Dalton (Mortenson)
- Annie Lewis (Whitney)
- Ellen Hobbs
- Christiann Scogard
- Lizzie Hobbs
- Hanna Taylor (Mickleman)
- Lizzie Grimshaw (Benson)
Sons of Utah Pioneer Marker #216
- Parowan, Utah
Parowan High School
“A school where only out individual best is good enough. Where unity through diversity becomes strength.”
Upon this site in the 1890’s, a large three-story brick school house was built to house grades 1-8. The building was torn down in 1918 when a larger building was built to house both elementary and high school classes.
The bricks used in this marquee came from the three-story brick school house and were unearthed on this site as Parowan High School students prepared the area for the construction.
Parowan High School thanks the following organizations for their contributions and support in constructing the marquee: Iron County School District, Parowan City Corporation, Little Salt Lake Service Club, Parowan Heritage Foundation, Parowan Main Street Program, Little Salt Lake Medical Incorporated, and Parowan High School PTSA.
- Parowan, Utah
Alma W. Richards
Utah’s First Olympic Gold Medalist
February 20, 1890 – born in Parowan, Utah.
1904 – seeing to be “free,” Richards dropped out of school at age 14.
1908 – returned to school through the influence of a teacher who admonished, “The only way to be truly free is to get an education.”
May, 1909 – singlehandedly took first in the state track meet, which included all of the high schools in Utah.
July, 1912 – won an Olympic Gold Medal in the high jump at Stockholm, Sweden. Just prior to his victorious jump, in full view of King Gustav and 22,000 noisy spectators, the humble farm boy dropped to his knees and silently prayed, “God, give me strength. And if it’s right that I should win, give me strength to do my best and set a good example all the days of my life.”
August 1915 – smashed Jim Thorpe’s Olympic world decathlon record by 1000 points.
1916-1919 – served in the US Army during WWI and was declared the greatest athlete in the US Expeditionary Forces by General John Pershing.
1913-1932 – won 55 Regional and National Track & Field Championships.
1924 – after achieving academic excellence and earning a law degree at USC, he chose to become a teacher so he could make a difference in young people’s lives. Richards taught briefly at Parowan High School and then in Southern California for 30 years.
1947 – named Utah Athlete of the Century.
April 3, 1963 – died in Orange, California. Richard’s last request was to be buried in his beloved Parowan.
Sincere thanks for the many private and public donations received for this monument.
Joe Zaleski – Eagle Scout Project 2001
Joe Zaleski raised the funds and organized the effort to have this monument built in time for the torch run through Parowan when the Olympic torch was on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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A monument to Alma Richards, Utah’s first Olympic gold medalist.
This is a monument to Alma Richards, the first Utahn to ever win a Gold Medal in the modern Olympic games. Joe Zaleski raised the funds and organized the effort to have this monument built in time for the torch run through Parowan when the Olympic torch was on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Near the Nevada border along Utah’s Highway 56.
The settlement was established as a railroad town in 1899 by the Utah and Nevada Railway. By 1905 it was on the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad route between Salt Lake City and Southern California.
This building, erected in 1866, served the community of Parowan for 52 years as a religious and cultural center. Later it was given by the L.D.S. Church to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, who in 1939-40 restored the old edifice and in 1949-50 improved the basement. This Pioneer Church is now the meeting place and Pioneer Relic Hall of the Daughters.
The Parowan Dramatic Association was organized in 1851 with Edward Dalton, who was chosen president, Jessie V. Smith, Joseph, Jane and Annie Fish, David and William Cluff, William C. McGregor and Ed Ward, members. Plays were produced in log Council House and Rock Church until 1870, when Comedy Hall was erected. In 1897 the Parowan Dramatic Association built a brick Opera House on the site of Comedy Hall. Plays were given in the old building while the new walls were built around it. Some of the outstanding plays of the day were presented.
This church built of sandstone brought from Parowan Canyon, started in 1863 and completed about 1876, was the religious center of Parowan Valley. The large amusement hall in the basement was used for school and dances. A stage was erected in the south end where Pioneer Dramatic Association presented plays. In 1918 church activities ceased. By 1826 it had deteriorated. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers asked permission to recondition the building for a Memorial Hall which was granted.
“I commenced a grammar school in my wickiup by the light of the fire and only one grammar book.” Diary of George A. Smith, February 25, 1851.
The first school house, 18 x 24 ft., was built west of the Council House and dedicated December 25, 1851. This log Council House, 22 x 45 feet was erected in 1851 with a large stage, and it served as a social center for Iron County until the Rock Church was completed in 1867.
Located in Parowan, Utah
D.U.P. Marker #135, see others in the series on this page.
At Parowan, a pioneer industrial center was settled in 1851. Water for manufacturing and industry was carried by wooden flume from the canyon to the fort. Along this water line industries were established known as the Public Works. Among these were cabinet shop, tannery, gun and machine shop, blacksmith shop, wooden tub and bucket factory, pottery factory, saddle and harness shop and shoe shop. Located inside the fort was a grist burr mill. Monument erected on grist mill site.