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Providence Center Lighthouse – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Providence Center Lighthouse – Cedar City, Utah

Every community wants something that will bring people to them to shop and enjoy the community.  Cedar City got a lighthouse.  Yes, right there in the middle of dry land there is a lighthouse that stands 90feet tall and was disassembled in Europe, shipped to Cedar City, and reassembled.  Why? To draw people to the shopping and dining center, something different, something that people would enjoy seeing and could be seen from miles away. 

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Old Iron Town – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Old Iron Town – Cedar City, Utah

Old Iron Town is worth the visit following a stop at the Frontier Homestead State Park.  It is located 25 miles west of Cedar City and tells the story of southern Utah’s historic mining industry.  It was during the 1850’s that the area actually became occupied when Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young sent several families to the Cedar City area to establish an iron works.

During the 1870’s Iron City (Old Iron Town) was established as Iron County’s second attempt at mining iron.  Along with the houses for the families the area had a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, a foundry (all that remains of the foundry today is the chimney and rock walls) and charcoal kiln. 

Charcoal Kiln: Pinyon and Juniper wood was burned in this kiln to produce a porous residue made up of pure carbon. This residue was then burned in the smelting process where it produced an intense heat without smoke.  After the kiln was filled to the upper door with wood, the fire was started in the center at the bottom of the kiln. The fire was then drawn to the top of the kiln by unsealed space that was left open around the upper door. When this space was closed the fire was regulated by vent holes. This burning of the wood lasted three to seven days.

By 1870 the population of Iron City had reached 97. 

Although the city seemed to prosper in the beginning, it was only operated for 7 years.  Transportation for the ore was too big a problem and the money panic of 1874 was another.  The Depression of 1873 started in Europe but quickly spread to the United States.  It was triggered by the fall in demand for silver internationally, which followed Germany’s decision to abandon the silver standard in the wake of the Franco-Prussian war.  Financial failures in the Austro-Hungarian capital, Vienna, turned into the panic that lead to the depression and caused the repercussions such as the closing of the Old Iron Town.

While you are visiting you can tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive shaped charcoal oven.  You may want to stroll down the 1/4 mile trail and enjoy the area.

There are restrooms and a small covered picnic area for you to enjoy.  Although there are o campgrounds at Iron Town you can go to primitive caping at Newcastle reserv

 

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

Southern Utah

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum – Cedar City, Utah

What used to be called Iron Mission State Park is now called Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.  Here you will learn the story of the development in Iron County when Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries there to mine iron in the
1850’s.

Although there was iron ore discovered in the area which is why Cedar City was founded, to mine the iron ore to help build the area.  The community was founded in 1851.  The colony built a blast furnace and operated a iron foundry.  Although all was intially good there were difficulties that arose that lead to the mine closing in 1858.  The Frontier Homestead State Park was founded in 1973 to commemorate this effort.

The Frontier Homestead houses the Gronway Parry horse-drawn wagon collection which is comprised of wagons, buggies, sleighs and stagecoaches.  Just imagine having to travel everyplace at the speed these wagons could take you.  You will see a bullet-scarred stagecoach, let your imagination fly with how they got there!  You will see a replica Wells-Fargo Overland Stage, a classically luxurious Brougham, and a coach owned by Joseph F. Smith, former leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You will find carriages, surreys, horse-drawn farm machinery, a hearse, and even a “one horse open sleigh.”

You will also be able to see a pioneer cabin, a 19th century printing press, a 100 year old loom for rug weaving, you will hear the original 1850’s Cedar City town bell too.  There are also many hands on activiteis for you to participate in as you are there.  There are special programs including backroom curation tours, a Junior Curator kit for children, rotating art exhibits, and over 20 video presentations covering the history and natural wonders of Utah and the American Southwest.

Each November, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats are available at the Museum’s Community Night held during this time. Special programs, school presentations, and guided walks of Cedar City’s Main Street are also held during this exciting festival.

The park covers 11 acres and is at an elevation of 5,800 ft.  There is no camping there, day use only.  The park is open year round for a day use fee of $3. 

You can tracel just 20 miles west of Cedar City and see the authentic historic ruins of a 19th century iron foundry at Old Iron Town.  You will want to stop at the museum first for a brochure and directions.

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Location:
635 North Main
Cedar City, UT 84720-1079
(435) 586-9290

UTAH SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL, CEDAR CITY, UTAH

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Southern Utah

This Festival is a well known and much anticipated professional theater event in the United States.  In the year 2000, it was awarded the very desirable Tony Award for “Outstanding Regional Theater”.  The activities offered at the Festival include  Shakespeare and contemporary productions, the Greenshow, the Royal Feaste, seminars, classes, tours and the world famous southern Utah scenery as an added bonus. 

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