At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Brigham Young organized the settlement of what is now Washington County.
Fearing that the war would take away the cotton supply, he began plans for raising enough in this southwestern country to supply the needs of his people.
The west side is the area west of the Black Hill, and is home to the primarily residential neighborhoods of Green Valley, Sunset and Dixie Downs.
Dixie Downs is named for an old horse race track that once operated near what is now the intersection of Dixie Downs Road and Snow Canyon Parkway.
One person was killed and 28 homes were destroyed by the Santa Clara River. George received the brunt of the fallout of above-ground nuclear testing at the Yucca Flats/Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas.
All streets parallel to Tabernacle run east-west and streets parallel to Main run north-south.
Most of the people knew nothing of this expedition until their names were read from the pulpit; but in nearly every case, they responded with good will, and made ready to leave within the month’s time allotted to them.
The families were selected so as to ensure the communities the right number of farmers, masons, blacksmiths, businessmen, educators, carpenters, as needed.
A 1962 United States Atomic Energy Commission report found that children living in St.
George, Utah, at the time of the fallout may have received doses to the thyroid of radioiodine as high as 120 to 440 rads" (1.2 to 4.4 Gy).