Chamber of Commerce.
Mormon Church leader, Brigham Young, visited the area in May of 1861. He looked out onto the bare valley and said, "There will yet be built between those volcanic ridges a city with spires, towers...and homes with many inhabitants." In October, 1861, Brigham Young called 309 Mormon families from the northern Utah area to settle in the St. George area. President Young challenged these settlers to make this new territory the best it could be and to have it become self-sufficient. He hoped this could be done by growing and harvesting cotton.
By 1852, the first community was established in the area. It was named New Harmony. President Young gave his personal attention to the growth of this area, having named it before the area was even settled for Elder George A. Smith, then presiding over the Iron Mission in the Parowan and Cedar City areas. The first Mormon temple in the west was built in St. George in 1877. Brigham Young also established a winter home in St. George from which he administered the affairs of the Church.
There is much history in St. George with many historical sites and buildings. Among these are: The old Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1876. St. George was named the County Seat for Washington County on January 14, 1863. The St. George Social Hall or Opera House opened in 1875. Cultural Arts were very important to the early settlers. The Woodward School was completed in 1901. It was built of lava rock. It was named after George Woodward, a childless benefactor of the school. A historical walking tour of St. George is available. This tour takes you to all of the local historical sites in St. George. The area is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy year-round recreation and relaxation. There are over 8 golf courses with more in the planning stages. There are many facilities which cater to the snowbirds who come to escape the cold northern winters.
History of the Bloomington area of St. George
The area was first used for farming by the Mormon Pioneers south of their settlements in St. George. The many years of flooding discouraged those farming and they abandoned the site. Only a few people remained to raise sheep and cattle. A planned community was begun around 1960 with homes, a golf course, country club and other amenities, but financial problems struck causing the new community to cease its efforts to incorporate. It was later annexed into the city of St. George.
The Bloomington Plaque tells about the early history of the Bloomington area. The plaque is next to the Man of War Bridge where it crosses the Virgin River.
Brigham Young Winter Home
67 W. 200 North
St. George, UT 84770
Built around 1873, the home is restored and is furnished with period antiques. Guided tours are available
George Utah Temple and Visitors Center
490 South 300 East
St. George, UT 84770
built in 1877
Daughters of Pioneers Museum
143 N. 100 East
St. George, Utah 84770
Pioneer memorabilia from the years 1847-1870. See clothing, photographs, tools and more.
Jacob Hamblin Home
On US Hwy 91 about 3 miles west of town.
This home was built in 1863. Jacob Hamblin was well-known for his peace making with the local indians. Both the furnishings and other items on display are from the 1880's.
See photos of St. George and the area.
The Dixie Center
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, UT 84790
The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum and Gift Shop
1835 Convention Center Drive, Suite B
St. George, UT 84790
1100 Tuacahn Drive
Ivins, Utah 84738
Box Office: 800-746-9882
Northwest of St. George
Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm
A Jurassic pre-history attraction in St. George, Utah
diverse. Much of the economy is now based on Tourism and outdoor recreation. Many businesses are found here and in neighboring areas. Skywest Airlines has it's large center in St. George employing a large number of people.
2000 - 1,016 persons per square mile
2000 - 31.4 years Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 21,083
Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 17,022 2008 - $ 20,733
Median house value:
2000 - $ 135,100
2008 - $ 257,500
St George is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.