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“Politics is downstream from culture.” Andrew Breitbart

swhchs.org is dedicated to preserve the southwestern cultural landscape, by educating and influencing the next generation, preserving monuments, teaching history, demonstrating real science, encouraging good art, collecting rocks, and capturing and retelling good fact-based true stories.

To submit a story to swhchs.org go to https://swhchs.org/index.php/story-submission/.

Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP)

Cedar City Chapter

SUP was founded in 1933. The first issue of The Pioneer Magazine by Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP) was in June of 1936. The settlement of Iron County is nicely presented in Volume 64 Number 1 in March of 2017. These magazines are among the best historical accounts of the west.

In 2021, SUP‘s Cedar City Chapter Board unanimously voted interest in the Southwestern Heritage Center plans. There are 110 members of the Cedar City SUP Chapter. It is anticipated the Cedar City Chapter of SUP will take the lead in managing the Southwestern Heritage CenterSUP regularly sponsors historical treks, and visitors to the Heritage Center will have an opportunity to participate in these treks, as well as in social activities and fireside discussions for Cedar City SUP Chapter members.

The Cedar City Chapter Vision Statement is:

“Extending the Utah Pioneer Heritage into the Present and the Future.”

The Cedar City Chapter Mission Statement is:

“We strive to keep the Utah pioneer legacy alive by:
1. Remembering and preserving our history;
2. Inviting men of all heritages to join with us in working to create better communities;
3. Following our ancestor’s example of trail building and service; and
4. Uniting people with their own ancestral heritages”

SWHC provides an opportunity to work on each part of this Mission Statement.

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP)

Iron County Camps

Daughters of Utah Pioneers (“DUP”) was organized April 11, 1901 (http://www.dupinternational.org/dyn_page.php?pageID=43). DUP has an excellent Museum in Cedar City, Utah. They have arranged for docents to be at their museum weekdays for many years, and will help the Southwestern Heritage Center learn how to optimally provide service opportunities. However, the facility is only large enough to show a small percentage of donated historical items. DUP is very interested in having a satellite museum, synergistic with their existing and other museums in Iron County, and a place to store artifacts they have already collected and do not have a place to display. The storage problem is of great concern.

Historic Trails passing though Iron Springs

Documented at the Southwestern Heritage Center Facilities

Historical Trail Elements include: Historical Markers; Inscription; Silhouettes; Directional Signage; Petroglyphs; Pictographs; Interpretations; Campgrounds; Trail Museums; Existing Trail Trace or Swale; Multi-Use Trails; Waysides; Trailheads & Hiking Trails; Equestrian Trails; Parking & Day Use; Reenactments; OHV [Off Highway Vehicles] High Desert Trails; OHV Staging Areas; Railroads, etc. The Southwestern Heritage Center will promote these activities for all the historical trails, including:
1. Great Basin Native American Culture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremont_culture
2. California Trail: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/californiatrail.htm https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_02_California_Trail.pdf
3. Baker Trail
4. Jefferson Hunt:  http://mojavedesert.net/people/hunt.html
5. Death Valley 49r Trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_05a1_Death_Valley_49r_Trail_from_Trouadour_on_the_Road_to_Gold_by_Leroy__Jean_Johnson-scaled.jpg
6. Gold Trail to California
7. Arrowhead trail:  https://digital-desert.com/historic-roads/arrowhead-trail/
8. National Historic Old Spanish Trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Early_Trails_of_the_West_from_California_a_history_by_Andrew_Rolle_p170.jpg
9. Civilian Conservation /WPA
10. Salt Lake Trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_10a_Salt_Lake_Trail_from_Gatesways_to_-Southern_California_by_John_W.Robinson.jpg https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_10b_Salt_Lake_Trail_Discovering_Mormon_Trails_by_Stanley_B.Kimball-scaled.jpg
11. Union Trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_11-and-22_wool_Janet_Segmiller_p10-12.pdf
12. Halliday Stage Stop/trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_12_Holladay_Stagecoach_Ben_Holladay_the_Stagecoach_King_by_J_V_Frederick.pdf
13. John C. Fremont expeditions https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Early_Explorers_of_the_West_from_California_a_history_by_Andrew_Rolle_p171_Freemont.jpg
14. Solomon Nunes Carvallho: American Painter who joined the 5th expedition of John C. Fremont https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_14_Solomon_Nuenes_Carvallho__Fremont.pdf
15. Mormon Battalion trail: return to Salt Lake City  https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/timeline/historic-sites/mormon-battalion/?lang=eng https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_15_Mormon_Battalion_Trail.pdf
16. Fancher Trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_16_Francer-Party_from-Blood-of-the-Prophets_by_Will_Bagley.jpg
17. Union Pacific Terminal https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_17_Union_Pacific_Terminal_from_Iron_County_History_by-janet-Seegmiller_p107-108.pdf
18. Parley P. Pratt Expedition https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_18_Parley_P_Pratt_from_Over_the_Rim_by_Willam_and_Donna_Smart.jpg
19. Orson Pratt route
20. Wheeler Expedition:  http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g4350.cws00182  book: SpColl QE74 .W6 1875 v.3 https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_20_Wheeler_Expedition.pdf
21. Butterfield Stage Station
22. Wool Loading depot https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_11-and-22_wool_Janet_Segmiller_p10-12.pdf
23. Railroad load out terminal https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_24-25_001_Branch_Railroad_Iron_County_History_by_Janet_Seegmiller_p330-333.pdf
24. Geneva Steel terminal https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_24-25_002_Branch_Railroad_Iron_County_History_by_Janet_Seegmiller_p329.pdf
25. Utah Construction mining activity https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Early_Transport_Routes_of_the_West_from_California_a_history_by_Andrew_Rolle_p171_Freemont.jpg
26. BLM Spanish Trail Park: https://www.blm.gov/visit/old-spanish-national-historic-trail https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_26_BLM_Spanish_Trail_Park.pdf
27. Principal Explorers https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_Principal_Explorers_1601-1844.png zoom https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_Principal_Explorers_zoom_1601-1844.png Jedediah Smith 1826-27 https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Early_Explorers_of_the_West_from_California_a_history_by_Andrew_Rolle_p170_Jedediah_Smith.jpg
28. Trails West https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220202_Trails_West.png https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Multiple_trails_explainations.pdf https://swhchs.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/220204_Multiple_trails_Utah-scaled.jpg

Other interesting Historical Events

The 1987 USA /USSR Goodwill Gymnastic Tour in Cedar City, Utah (Dave Lunt, SUU, Sept. 2023)

Robert Sutherland’s hike from Cedar City, Utah to Jacob’s Lake, Arizona (Aug – Sept. 2023)