Cedar City UT

History of Cedar City

Located less than 50 miles north of the southern-most Utah city, St. George, Cedar City is one of the state’s most beloved cities. Of all the cities in Iron County, Cedar City is the biggest. Late in 1851, settlers from the already-established nearby city of Parowan desired to build ironworks in the area that would later become Cedar City. A man named George A. Smith, along with a committee of a few others, choose the site which was situated near Coal Creek. Once homes and forts began to be built, the new establishment needed an official name. Mistaking the abundance of juniper trees for cedar trees, the people decided on the name Fort Cedar. As the building commenced, more and more people from Parowan traveled to live in the newly settled area. In these beginning days, a large and central temporary fort was created, mainly by wagon boxes. They quickly realized that they needed to move the fort to a different location as the current one was a tactical disadvantage to advancing Indians. Suddenly a battle broke out, now known as the Walker Indian War, and the settlers found themselves needing to relocate the fort south sooner than expected and had to do so in just two days in July of 1853. Modern-day highway I-15 now travels directly through what was once the location of this new fort site. This new fort was originally completed in early 1954.

As the building commenced, more and more people from Parowan traveled to live in the newly settled area. In these beginning days, a large and central temporary fort was created, mainly by wagon boxes. They quickly realized that they needed to move the fort to a different location as the current one was a tactical disadvantage to advancing Indians. Suddenly a battle broke out, now known as the Walker Indian War, and the settlers found themselves needing to relocate the fort south sooner than expected and had to do so in just two days in July of 1853. Modern-day highway I-15 now travels directly through what was once the location of this new fort site. This new fort was originally completed in early 1954.

Only two years passed when they again needed to relocate the town fort (at the suggestion of Brigham Young) away from Coal Creek’s flood plain and closer to the iron works’ blast furnace. Brigham Young also surveyed this new site which was located directly in the area that we now recognize today as Cedar City. The settlers economy soon changed from relying on iron works to relying on land cultivation in 1858 with the dissolution of the iron works.

Soon the biggest event to affect Cedar City to date took place, and that event took place in 1923. The railroad finally came to the area, acting as the area’s entry into the world of tourism. The national parks of Southern Utah were now accessible to modern transportation, and “Gateway to the Parks” was soon Cedar City’s newly adopted promotional name. This caused a boom in the population that has put the small city of Cedar City on the map ever since.

Today, Cedar’s economy is fueled by a variety of industries, the most well-known being Southern Utah University, or SUU. The university’s 2015 enrollment was near 10,000. Born in 1897 as a branch of the University of Utah, it later transformed into an arm of what was then known as the Utah State Agricultural College of Logan, followed by another transformation 55 years later into an official 4-year liberal arts college in 1968. And finally obtained its current name and status as a university in early 1991. Aside from SUU, Cedar City UT is most well known as the home of the Utah Shakespearean Festival which became world-renown upon winning a Tony Award in the year 2000 for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

Cedar City UT is the home to countless other festivals and games, including music festivals, theater festivals, art festivals, film festivals, livestock festivals, Native American gathering, and much more. The most prominent of which are the Utah Summer Games. Festival City, USA is Cedar City’s well-deserved modern nickname.

Cedar City Chiropractic is proud to call this wonderful place their home. It remains one of the most inviting and beautiful cities in the state of Utah.

 

Cedar City UT

Cedar City UT