The first settlers to Cedar City in November 1851 brought horses, cows, and cattle with them. They built a small fort for their cabins but needed a large corral to protect their animals. A year later, the Charles Willden family brought the first sheep – just ten head – in November 1852. Charles, a steel refiner in England, was called to help at the iron works, but he had the foresight to bring sheep to Cedar City to provide wool for his family’s clothing. (Our Sheep Industry, 1852 to 2021, Iron County Today, Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021 page 14).
The Iron County Sheep Industry is Sheep Parade honored each year during The Heritage Festival, with The Sheep Parade.