March 5, 2012

St George Homes

With great neighborhoods in Saint George, Utah, the real estate values have never been better. St George Utah area attractiveness also has a lot to do with friendly people, warmer weather and the allure of the high desert rock and the national park-like red landscape. Many people comment on how the drier climate really does aid their health. We have over 11 golf St George Utah courses in the local area helping provide a greenbelt against the red landscape.

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St George University

Today Washington County School District provides public education for more than 18,277 students. There are 19 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 6 high schools.

The growing population of the county has prompted placing many of the elementary and middle school students on a year round educational program. Year round school consists of four track schedules which alternate time off. At any given time, three tracks are attending and one track is off. Generally, students attend 45 days then “track off” for 15 days. Traditional holidays are observed. High school students follow a traditional August to May schedule.

Specialty programs are available through the public school system including remedial and gifted programs, health services and an in-school lunch program for elementary students.

Education has always been important to the people of Washington County. Even before homes were built, schools were held in wagon boxes and temporary shelters. The first school was built in Virgin in 1860. Three others soon followed. In 1901, a central school was completed offering two years of high school.

In 1911, the first college was founded which comprised of only one building. It was named the St. George Stake Academy but later took on the name, Dixie College, and is now known as Dixie State College. It is a full service, comprehensive 4-year community college that serves over 5,000 students and covers over 100 acres in St. George.

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St George Weather

St. George, Utah – Monthly Climate Averages
  Year’s Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High °F 78.0 53.5 60.3 68.1 77.1 86.2 95.9 102.0 99.8 93.2 80.5 64.8 54.3
Low °F 45.9 27.1 31.7 37.5 44.2 52.4 60.3 67.8 66.4 57.1 45.0 33.2 27.4
Average °F 62.0 40.3 44.0 52.8 61.0 69.3 78.1 84.9 83.1 75.2 62.8 49.0 40.9
Rainfall 8.14 1.10 1.00 1.00 0.48 0.40 0.20 0.56 0.68 0.59 0.62 0.70 0.82

St. George is located within the northern extension of the Mojave Desert. The desert climate contributes to generally clear skies, relatively mild winters and hot summers. Residents and visitors enjoy over 300 days of sunshine per year.

The temperature varies from a low in January of 27.1 degrees to 102 degrees in July. St. George is 2,880 feet above sea level and the peaks of Pine Valley Mountain reach over 10,000 feet.

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St. George Utah

Especially for Kids & Families

Fiesta Fun Family Center
171 East 1160 South, St George

Kids of all ages will find fun aplenty. The center offers a video arcade, batting cages, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts, kiddie karts, soft play and a restaurant.

Johnson Farm Dinosaur Track Site
435-574-DINO (3466)
2180 E. Riverside Drive, St George (Exit 16)

Take a journey back in time to the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. This world-class dinosaur site includes a rare combination of fossilized bones and footprints of dinosaurs and many other ancient animals. St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm is a must see for anyone interested in dinosaurs, geology and the ancient Jurassic world. At the site you may observe more than 2,000 tracks made by dinosaurs and other animals. You can also see the world’s largest collection of dinosaur swim tracks and see one of only six tracks in the world made by a sitting dinosaur. Bus tours are welcome. Open Monday-Saturday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee required.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum & Gift Shop
1835 Convention Center Drive (adjacent to the Dixie Center)

Nearly 300 animals are displayed in their natural habitats. Almost a quarter mile of mountain pathway winds through the plains of Africa, forests of North America and mountains of Asia. A two-story mountain with two waterfalls and periodic thunder and lightning storms, provide an experience to be remembered. Open noon to 9 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: children $4, seniors $6, and adults $8.

Tonaquint Nature Center
Dixie Drive, St George, UT

Located on the Santa Clara River banks off Dixie Drive, this nature center gives outdoor education programs for all ages.

Paths & Parks

Walking, Biking, Skating

More than 35 miles of scenic walking and biking paths throughout the area connect neighborhood parks, riparian corridors, picturesque desert-scapes and the town center. Washington County takes pride in its 26 excellent city parks with playgrounds, ball fields and courts, picnic facilities and fishing ponds � all designed for family fun. Click for map of St George area trails system.

People come from all over the country and foreign countries just to hike and see the breathtaking views of our magnificent color country. There are trails for every age level and experience. You may obtain maps of these trails at the Bureau of Land Management Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Drive in St George, or call them at 435-688-3246. St George Hiking

Skate Park
400 E. 900 South, St. George
(next to Fiesta Fun Family Center)

Open daily until dark, the skate park is one of the most kid-popular parks around.

Canyons Complex 435-634-5860
2145 N. Snow Canyon Pkwy
The Canyons Softball Complex has been ranked the top softball complex in the nation for the last 7 years by the National Softball Association. “One reason is the grass, which is cut 7/8-of-an-inch, like a tee box on a golf course,” said Josh Olmstead, program coordinator. Nearly half of the 9,000 athletes that come for Huntsman World Senior Games come to play softball. The Canyons Complex hosts approximately 30 tournaments each year, ranging from local league play to national and world championship tournaments.

Archie H. Gubler Park
2375 Rachel Drive, Santa Clara
Santa Clara features a new state-of-the-art softballl/soccer complex. The four fields also host the Huntsman World Senior Games play. Additional amenities of the park include a large splash pad for kids, and numerous trails and picnicking facilities. The concession stand/club house as well as the softball fields may be rented.

Sand Hollow Aquatic Center 435-634-5938
1144 Lava Flow Drive, St. George
This multi-million-dollar facility offers year-round fun. It is comprised of 25,000 square feet enclosed by a fabric exo-skeleton with a heating and ventilation system. This unique design makes for great swimming year-round. The center offers two pools, a competition/diving pool and a leisure pool, which is a zero-depth children’s pool. It features water walks, slides, sprays and moving water devices. Hours are scheduled for open swimming as well as family and lap swimming. **Several other swimming facilities are also in the area.

Historic Sites & Museums

Historic St. George Walking Tour

Begin your self-guided tour at the old pioneer courthouse at 100 East and St. George Blvd. (Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center). From there, spend an enjoyable stroll along the streets of early-day St. George, where many 1800-era public buildings and private homes still stand. Pick up a printed map at the Chamber.

Historic St. George LIVE! Tour

If you are in the area between Memorial Day and Labor Day, don’t miss the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the history and culture of the area. Travel to six historic sites where volunteer actors in authentic costumes relate the history of the buildings. Tours are at 10:00 am Tuesday through Saturday and begin at the St. George Art Museum. Cost is $3 per person. Group discounts available.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum

This building was constructed for the express purpose of housing pioneer relics. Next to the Pioneer Courthouse, the museum is staffed by volunteers and is usually open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No admission fee.

Brigham Young�s Winter Home
67 West 200 North, St. George

The original portion of this home was built in 1869-1871. The front additions were completed in 1873. Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, became Dixie’s first “snowbird”, by leaving the snow of Salt Lake City behind and spending the winters in St. George’s temperate climate. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.

Pine Valley Chapel
Forest Road and 35 East, Pine Valley, UT

The chapel was built in 1868 by Ebenezer Bryce, a shipbuilder. The interior looks like a over-turned ship. Visitors can climb the winding staircase to the attic to see the open beams where there is an artifacts room. You will see it when you enter Pine Valley on Highway 18. Located 30 miles north of St George. It is the oldest LDS chapel still in use and is open to the public every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Sundays there are church meetings held at the chapel from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Pioneer Center for the Arts
47 E 200 North, St George, UT 84770

The galley features the permanent “Legacy Collection” as well as continually changing exhibits by local artists in an elegant, new building with pioneer ambiance.

St. George Temple & Visitor Center
500 South 300 East, St. George

This famous temple was built in 1877 and is the oldest temple still in use for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The impressive, white monument can be seen from anywhere in the city. Everyone is welcome to tour the Visitor Center, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission.

The Tabernacle
18 South Main Street, St. George

Construction of this historic Mormon monument took 13 years. The stones for the three-feet thick basement walls were hand-quarried from the foothills near the city. The twin spiral staircases were hand-carved, complete with balustrades and railings. The clock was made in London and shipped to St. George. Free musical presentations are offered each Wednesday night at 7 p.m. In addition, a free organ recital is offered at 12:15 p.m. on Friday only. Many other special events are held throughout the year. Call for a complete list of events. Summer hours are 9 am – 6 pm – Winter hours 9 am – 5 pm, daily. Free admission.

Jacob Hamblin Home & Museum
(west of Santa Clara on Highway 91, 4.5 miles from St. George)

Jacob Hamblin, one of the earliest settlers of Santa Clara, constructed this home in 1862 with local red sandstone and ponderosa lumber from Pine Valley. It is still decorated with many original artifacts. This home was Jacob’s second after the first home was destroyed by a flood. The current home survived the flood of 2005. Summer hours are 9 am – 6 pm – Winter hours 9 am – 5 pm, daily Free admission.

Popular Ghost Towns

Silver Reef
Located approximately 20 miles north of St George. Take the Leeds exit off I-15.

Silver Reef produced nearly $9 million in silver from 1877 to 1903. This unique town had homes, churches, a variety of specialty shops, a brothel and even a Chinatown. Today, you will find remnants of the mine, three separate graveyards for the Catholics, Protestants and Chinese, and the restored Wells Fargo station that has been converted to an art gallery and museum.

Located between Springdale and LaVerkin on Highway 9 on the road near Zion National Park.

Portions of the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” were filmed here in 1969. Grafton, settled in 1862, was a Mormon village built on agriculture. The town was 250 people at its maximum with the same amount of acres. Virgin River flooding caused settlers to move elsewhere. Visitors can see pioneer homes, pastures, the church/schoolhouse and cemetery.

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st george golf courses

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St George Inn

The Best Western Travel Inn proudly offers 30 guest rooms each complete free high-speed internet access, 37″ LCD televisions, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee-makers, ironing board and irons, hairdryers, and free long distance access. Guests will wake each morning to a complimentary deluxe hot breakfast buffet.

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Utah St George

Although settlers came to Washington County as early as 1852, St. George was settled in 1861. Mormon leader Brigham Young sent a group of pioneers to the far reaching corner of the Territory of Utah to grow cotton and wine grapes and harvest silk for export to the Civil War-torn northern states. Today the cotton fields are gone, the wineries are closed and the silk industry has given way to modern, more prosperous businesses.

St. George, the county’s largest city, lies along interstate 15 with a host of smaller communities that make up Utah’s Dixie. The advantages of the county’s position along one of the nation’s key north-south routes between California and places such as Salt Lake City, Denver and Albuquerque is making Washington County one of the nation’s fastest growing communities. The scenic area not only provides easy access to major markets of the western United States, it has become a destination point for countless people and businesses looking for a better way of life and more fruitful atmosphere for growth and prosperity.

From 1990 to 1995, Washington County grew a staggering 50 percent and St. George grew 61 percent, while the rest of the state tallied up a total growth rate of 16 percent. The tiny farming community of St. George had grown up and surrounding cities followed suit.

By the end of the decade, the St. George – Zion National Park areas of Washington County were rated among the best communities in the country to retire by Rand McNalley, Prentice Hall, Money and the American Association of Retired People. As a result there was a large amount of construction of new homes in the Washington County area.

The unprecedented growth experienced in the county has not been limited to retirees, however. Young working families joined the migration to Utah’s Dixie to establish one of the most stable and reliable work forces in the nation. They came for the climate, the scenic beauty, the family atmosphere and explosive job opportunities. Much of the growth is due to the area’s competitive construction rates and low crime.

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Saint George

Washington County is one of the fastest growing areas in Utah and the rest of the country. It currently ranks as the second fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States. It was ranked as the #1 fastest growing area and dubbed “Boomtown USA” in 2007 by Inc. Magazine. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, St. George, Utah was the #1 Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States for population growth from 1990 to 2000.

St. George is located in the southwest corner of Utah just off Interstate 15. St. George, the county seat, is also the county’s largest city with over 65,000 residents. Washington County population is estimated to be over 140,000 and growing. The St. George/Washington County area is nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by impressive sandstone cliffs. The backdrop is breathtaking with blue skies, clean air, and a friendly business environment which attracts over two million international visitors annually.

Washington County is endowed with mild, low humidity winters with over 300 sunny days per year. The desert climate, elevation 2,760 feet, promotes year round recreation and leisure activities, which includes ten championship golf courses. Washington County is one of the fastest growing areas in Utah and is expected to remain so well into the 21st century.

This scenic area not only provides easy access to major markets of the western United States, it has become a destination point for countless people and businesses looking for a better way of life and more fruitful atmosphere for growth and prosperity.

With our mild climate, beautiful scenic areas, a progressive business atmosphere, an educated and work-orientated workforce, plus great “quality of life” incentives, the St. George/Washington County area can fulfill your business needs. In this information age, it is possible to live in areas free from heavy traffic, crime and crowded conditions.

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St George

While no one knows for sure how St. George was named, however, two widely used theories are generally accepted by historians. It seems two influential men of the day – George A. Smith, an early Mormon Apostle and Phillip St. George Cooke – are likely to be credited.

George A. Smith, a first cousin to the Prophet Leader Brigham Young, affectionately earned the name of “The Potato Saint” when he urged the early pioneers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes, to cure a troublesome bout with scurvy. Since potatoes contain a high amount of vitamin C beneath the skin, the early settlers were cured; thus, the name “St. George.”

Although not a Mormon, Phillip St. George Cooke was a trusted friend of Brigham Young. Legend has it that Cooke donated a good share of equipment and wagons for the southern settlement of “Dixie”.

Little history is known of the unique and kind-hearted man, but he is believed to have been born in 1809 to a British physician. In 1827, Cooke purportedly graduated from West Point and served in the infantry and the Dragoons. He was a veteran of the Black Hawk War and was also commanding officer of the famous Mormon Battalion of 1847.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Cooke remained loyal to the Union although the majority of his family, all native Virginians, sided with the Confederacy, including his son, John R. Cooke, who earned the rank of a Confederate Brigadier. At one point during fierce fighting, Phillip St. George Cooke was ordered to chase his own son-in-law, Jeb Stuart.

It wasn’t until 1857 that Cooke again came in contact with the Mormons. But this time Cooke was under the leadership of Sidney Johnston and the occasion was the Mormon War.

Cooke commanded the brigade of the cavalry that formed the reserve for the Army of Potomac and remained when it grew to a division before the Peninsula Campaign. He also fought at York Town, Williamsburg and in the Seven Days War.

Following the conclusion of the campaign, he was assigned to court martial duty. He held a district command in Louisiana and finished the war superintending the Union’s recruiting efforts. He remained in the army until his 1873 retirement, having served on administrative bodies and in department commands. Phillip St. George Cooke died in 1895.

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February 27, 2012

St George Half Marathon

Runners get a chance to run through the city known as “Utah’s Dixie” at the annual late January running of the St. George Half Marathon & 5K — the race marks its 30th anniversary in 2012 — along a race course that was newly modified last year to take runners along paved city trails that wind along the Virgin River, which flows by just south of the city.

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