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Washington County, Utah

84737, 84779

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Utah state capital is Salt Lake City.
The population of Hurricane is approximately 13,344 (2000), 13748 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,375 (2000), 4609 (2010).
The amount of land area in Hurricane is 80.6 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hurricane is 31.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.1 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hurricane to Washington DC is 2063 miles.
The distance to the Utah state capital is 265 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hurricane is positioned 37.15 degrees north of the equator and 113.33 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Hurricane elevation is 3,286 feet above sea level.
Hurricane per capita income is $ 17,924 (2008).
Hurricane median income is $ 44,453 (2008).
The Hurricane median home price is $ 213,437 (2008).
Hurricane average annual precipitation is 10 inches peryear.
Hurricane average annual snowfall is 4.5 inches per year.
The average low temperature is (summer) 63.5, (winter) 24 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (summer) 98, (winter) 52 degrees F.


25 miles from Zion National Park and 18 miles northeast of St. George in southwest Utah. Other nearby communities include: LaVerkin, Leeds, Toquerville, Virgin, Washington, Rockville and Santa Clara.
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mild. The area is typically cooler than St. George, especially during the warm summer months. The humidity during this season remains low at approximately 20 percent. It is typically coolest in January and warmest in the middle of July. Even when the days are hot, the evenings almost always cool down measurably. Sunny days average 300 each year which welcomes many "snowbirds" from northern parts of the state and country.

Winters are mild and cool with very occasional snowfall. When it does snow, it remains on the ground a short time and is completely gone within a day.
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History & History Related Items

Located on SR-9, Hurricane is proud of its pioneer ancestors who made the town possible by taking 11 years building an irrigation canal which engineers said couldn't be built. There are still peach, apricot, cherry, and pecan orchards and many alfalfa fields made possible by the canal. Today, Heritage Park, in the center of town, houses this pioneer heritage. The red sandstone building next to the park houses a collection of pioneer and Native American artifacts. The story of the canal is highlighted at the park and museum. Visitors are invited to stop and enjoy the park and museum, and enjoy a meal in the shady picnic area.
Also of interest is the historic Bradshaw Hotel, which has been restored and stands at Main Street and First South. Hurricane is growing with residential and business areas being expanded beyond the boundaries of the original town.

How was Hurricane named?
In 1865, Erastus Snow was riding in the area in his buggy and a sudden gust of wind blew the top off. He then exclaimed, "my, that was a hurricane." Hurricane Hill and an earthquake fault (the longest in the world reaching from central Utah to the Colorado River) were named because of this incident. Later, when the town was being founded, several names were put forth, including Sun City and Chaparral, but the choice was clear for Hurricane. Even though it has the weather-related name of Hurricane, there has never been one in the area! In fact, the Hurricane area is known for its mild climate most of the year. The pronunciation of the name is NOT like the weather event, however. It is pronounced Her - ah - kin by the locals.

Here is history page for Hurricane. Also, try this history page for the city. Here is another page for history for Hurricane.
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The founding of Hurricane



Zion National Park

Quail Creek State Park
472 N 5300 W
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: 435-879-2378
Reservations: 800-322-3770 from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays.
Located three miles east of I-15 on the Hurricane Exit.

Sand Hollow State Park
4405 West 3600 South
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: 435-680-0715

See Photos of Hurricane and the area.

Washington County Fair held each year in August at the Fairgrounds in Hurricane.

Hurricane Heritage Park

Hurricane Canal Trail
Hike along the the path of the canal. It is a 3.1 miles section of the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System.
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Hurricane City Government

City of Hurricane

Hurricane City Offices
147 North 870West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: (435) 635-2811

Hurricane has a Council-Manager form of government. The city manager is appointed by the council and council members are elected by the people.

Hurricane Historical Events

Hurricane Canal
Because of flooding that continued to ruin their farmland and homes, men of the area decided to build their own canal. James Jepson and John Steele mapped the route and everyone banded together to build it. It was across steep hillsides, across ravines and had many other obstacles to keep it from happening. That, however, did not deter the men. By 1902, there were still parts that were not completed. The money was gone and people were discouraged. The local LDS church helped with a large stock purchase which gave them hope to move forward. Even so, it took two more years, in 1904, before water reached this valley. With the water, the new town was begun. These pioneers worked hard and fulfilled their dream for water and because of them, Hurricane can exist today.

Hurricane Chamber

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce
Serving Hurricane, La Verkin and Toquerville
95 South Main
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: (435) 635-3402

Hurricane Community Events

February each year
Dam to Dam Race
Held each year in February the course goes around Sand Hollow State Park. September each year
Peach Days a rodeo, entertainment, a parade, food, a race, a fiddling contest and much, much more. Don't miss it!

Hurricane Organizations

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce
Serving Hurricane, La Verkin and Toquerville
95 South Main
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: (435) 635-3402

Hurricane Libraries

Hurricane Branch Library, part of the Washington County Library System

36 South 300 West
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: 435-635-4621

Hurricane Schools

Hurricane Elementary School
948 West 325 North
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: 435-635-4668

Three Falls Elementary School
789 S. 700 W.
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: 435-635-7229
Home of the Falcons
Hurricane Middle School
395 North 200 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: 435-635-4634

Hurricane Intermediate School
1325 South 700 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: 435-635-8931

Hurricane High School
345 West Tiger Blvd.
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Phone: 435-635-3280

Washington County School District
121 West Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-3553


Dixie State College Hurricane Center
112 South 700 West
Hurricane, UT 84737
Phone: 435-652-7910 Hurricane


The population of Hurricane was:
1990 - 3,915
2000 - 8,250
2009 - 13,344

Median age:
2000 - 31.5 years

Population Density:
2000 - 265.2 persons per square mile

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 1,325
2000 - 3,375

Median Household income:
2000 - $ 32,865
2008 - $ 44,453

Per capita income:
2000 - $ 13,353
2008 - $ 17,924

Median house value:
2000 - $ 32,865
2008 - $ 44,453

Hurricane is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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