The hills around St. George, Utah provide some excellent views. Here are some photos I’ve taken from up there.
On the hill above St George, Utah in Pioneer Park is Dixie Rock, a large rock with DIXIE painted on the side. It is popular for people to climb up on it or stand by it for photos.
It is one of my letters and words on rocks, hills and mountains in this area – see this page for others.
Santa Clara Relief Society House
Completed in 1908, the Santa Clara Relief Society House is significant as the oldest remaining LDS church building in this pioneer community. Some of the functions of the Relief Society (the women’s auxiliary organization of the Mormon church) continued in this historic hall until completion of the adjacent LDS meetinghouse in 1949. It also served as a school (1908-1913), a makeshift clinic (1939-1950s), and the local post office (1953-1963).
The Victorian Eclectic style Santa Clara Relief Society House is also architecturally significant in the community. While not built as a meetinghouse, it is similar in size, configuration, and use to other “settlement phase” LDS meetinghouses. In 1992 during work to repair and restore the building, it was damaged by an earthquake. Its previously coated brick exterior was reinforced and covered with stucco. It has since been restored through local community efforts to serve as a museum of Relief Society and pioneer memorabilia and a meeting hall.
- Santa Clara, Utah
Harry Slack’s New Harmony Grocery Store
Located at the NW corner of Center and Main in New Harmony, Utah.
The foundation of Harry Slack’s Grocery Store which stood on this site during the 1900s has been preserved to remind future generations of New Harmony’s history. On this corner the annual New Harmony 4th of July horse races would be held, and supplies could be bartered or purchased throughout the year from the friendly clerks at Harry Slack’s Grocery Store. The building was eventually moved one block north and served as the grocery store and local Post Office for many years to come
(historical information and photo a gift from Roliane Grant King and Gerald W. Prince.)
History from wchsutah.org
Green Valley is an area in the west side of St. George, Utah.
Green Valley was created out of Bill & Ron Snow’s six hundred acre ranch. The land was acquired and annexed into the City of St. George in 1976. Alan Coombs was the developer and driving force behind this new venture.
An 80-lot subdivision called the “Estates at Green Valley” was the first development in the Green Valley area. The sales of these lots provided the funds to develop “The Park at Green Valley”.
The Park opened in 1978 and had many firsts for St. George. It was a turning point for home building in the area. In addition to high quality homes, The Park came with an owners association, clubhouse, swimming pool, weight room, racquetball courts, and tennis courts.
In 1981, The Sports Village was opened with affordable vacation homes. 280 of these homes were purchased in the next two years.
The most ambitious development in Green Valley was started in 1985. Las Palmas was to have 1,000 deluxe condominiums, a 1,000 sq. ft. Sports & Fitness Center, 50 tennis courts (including grass and clay courts), an
Olympic size pool, a golf teaching center, and spa. The project was interrupted when the government put some severe restrictions on condominium financing. But eventually the restrictions were lifted and sales in Las Palmas improved. It took six years, but eventually 300 units were sold.
During the downtime in the Las Palmas project (1989), a development called “The Cottages” was built using some of the land originally intended for Las Palmas. 95 single family townhomes with a nostalgic cottage design
were built and sold.
Also starting in 1989, unsold condominiums in Las Palmas were rented out to weekend and over night guests. A property management and hotel operation was set up and began promoting Green Valley as an upscale
alternative to the downtown motels. The completed swimming pools and tennis courts helped to make Green Valley a popular place to stay and was beneficial to sales by adding a resort atmosphere and providing rental
income to condominium owners.
The developer’s wife, Carole Coombs, had owned a popular day spa in Salt Lake, Bel Viso. She set up a spa for owners and renters. Green Valley’s reputation began to grow as a spa retreat. In the spring of 1998, the spa
was outgrowing the existing facilities. The Green Valley Spa was built with 35 separate hotel suites, a new restaurant, weight room, aerobic rooms, treatment center, and indoor tennis courts. Two years later, the success
of the spa required the construction of 11 additional grand suites.
(From wchsutah.org) Gunlock is an unincorporated town in Washington County.
William Hayne Hamblin (nicknamed Will, Bill, and Gunlock; a brother of Jacob Hamblin) settled there and built a cabin in 1857. He was soon joined by his two brothers-in-law, Dudley and Jeremiah Leavitt and also Isaac Riddle.
On a visit, George A. Smith named the place Gunlock in honor of its first settler.
On Christmas day in 1861, it started to rain almost constantly for the next 30 days. Santa Clara Creek flooded and the budding community was forced to move north to the “Black Ridge” where the current town is located (the early settlement was located where the Gunlock fields are, south of the current town).
Gunlock was on the “Old California Road” or “Santa Fe Trail” so the town got frequent visitors and was able to carry on trade as people passed through.
Unlike many Utah towns, Gunlock was not laid out in blocks. Instead, it consisted of houses on each side of the main street. In 1880, the original “cow trail” through town was straightened and cottonwood trees were planted for a mile on each side of the street.
Mail service to Gunlock began in July of 1883. Prior to that time, they received mail only occasionally from St. George or Hebron. Solenda Huntsman, wife of Joseph S. Huntsman became the first postmistress with Hyrum E. Jones as the first mail carrier. Later postmasters included Elizabeth Vaughan Hunt, James S. P. Bowler, Josepth L. Bowler, and Olive Holt.
In 1913, the people of Gunlock and their neighbors in the surrounding areas felt a need for a telephone system. They formed a company, later know as the “People’s Progressive Telephone and Telegraph Company”. It put up telephone lines that served the areas from Moapa to Enterprise, including Moapa, Bunkerville, Mesquite, Santa Clara, Gunlock, Enterprise, New Castle, Pine Valley, Central, and Veyo. They eventually included some lines into St. George. The telephone system was eventually taken over by Mountain Bell. Telephone booths were provided on the streets. By 1960, everyone in town had a telephone but they were on 8-party lines through the 1960s and 1970s.