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Welcome to Cedar City, Gateway to the National Parks.
This presentation has been prepared to give you a brief
overview of the City, its history, layout, attractions
and amenities. The history of Cedar City is a story
of challenges, determination and adventure. Originally
known as Little Muddy, Cedar City was founded by Mormon
Settlers in 1851. An Abundance of Iron Deposits attracted
these hardy Pioneers. Within months of their arrival
they were producing the first Iron west of Missouri.
Despite their success; floods, furnace problems, and
complications with local Indians led to the abandonment
of mining efforts. Even so, the community continued to grow.
In 1897 the Utah Legislature approved a school of higher
learning in the area. After holding classes in a community
building for 2 months. The Attorney General informed the locals
that in order for the school to continue, they must build the
school on the land deeded from the State. All this must be
done in a few short months. Disappointed, and despite the
approaching winter, the people of Cedar City worked vigorously,
often risking their lives, to complete the building on time.
The Union Pacific Railroad reached the area in 1923, providing
an outlet for local products, as well as opening this spectacular
Region to world-wide visitors. Many Buildings still remain from this
early era. One of the most familiar, the Rock Church, was built by
volunteers in 1922. The College eventually developed a 4 year program,
and later attained University status, making it home to over 6000
In Contrast to the transportation methods of the early settlers,
travelers today have direct access to the city via Interstate 15.
This major route links Cedar City within a days drive of most
of the Western United States. Its Municipal Airport, second largest
in the State, makes air travel a convenient option with regular Delta
What attracts people to Cedar City today? The Utah Shakespearean
Festival, recent winner of the Tony Award, features a variety
of Plays, annually, during the summer months. The Iron Mission
State Park Museum illustrates the lives of settlers with remarkable
Within minutes of town are: Cedar Breaks National Monument, Alpine
Meadows and Forest, and a major Ski Resort. And just a short drive
from town brings you to Great Basin, Zion and Bryce Canyon National
Parks, as well as the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Cedar City's
central location makes it an ideal base for excursions to these
Let's take a closer look at the City layout. Interstate 15 provides
access to the City, from the North and the South, with 3 local Exits.
Highway 14 gives direct access the beautiful canyons, high mountains
and many of the National Parks.
Central to this City is Southern Utah University, the active academic
Campus and stage for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Motels, Inns, and
Bed and Breakfast facilities abound in this area for visitors to the
Festival. Adjacent to SUU is Cedar City's Historic Downtown. featuring
parks, historic buildings, unique widow shopping, and soon a modern
theatre and parking facility. Due west of Interstate 15 is the area's
gowning Industrial area, which has attracted the attention of major
corporations in recent years. Nearby is the City Airport, well within a
mile of downtown, the Festival and most accommodations.
Subdivisions are expanding city wide. One of the fastest growing is
Fiddlers Canyon on the north end of town. The Leigh Hill subdivision offer
fantastic views of the City and surrounding mountains. And To the south
are rapidly expanding commercial districts, featuring much of the cities
shopping, dining and entertainment. Dining and accommodations abound
throughout the city particularly near the I-15 exits, and the center of
town. many of these services are within easy walking distance.
Cedar City with its rich history and culture, attracts millions
of visitors each year. We invite you to discover for yourself
this dynamic City and amazing surroundings.
Cedar City Gateway to the National Parks.
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