April 19, 2010

WHAT TO DO IN CEDAR CITY

We are often asked, “What is there to do in Cedar City?”…..

Let us tell you about our area…..

We are the gateway to several of the most beautiful National Parks, in the country. Zion and Bryce National Park are just a short drive, from the heart of Cedar City. Cedar Breaks National Monument is a beautiful 25 minute drive, in our own Cedar Canyon.

In Cedar Canyon, there are so many places to hike and bike. Brianhead Ski Resort has several biking trails, some of which can be accessed by their tram. The wildlife is abundant on Cedar Mountain. Camping spots are numerous. Woods Ranch and kids pond is just 12 miles, on SR-14.

We are very proud of The Frontier Homestead State Park, The Old Rock Church, Old Iron Town, and The Spanish Trail, with tributes and monuments, commemorating explorers of the past.

We have several parks, for your enjoyment. Park Discovery is a huge hit with families and children. Main Street Park has plenty of room, for picnics, with 2 pavilions and plenty of grass to relax on. Our Veterans Memorial Park is one of our parks,  that we take great pride in. It honors our Veterans from World War I & II, Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars. It has scenic walking trails with monuments, along the way. The trail winds 3 miles up to the mouth of Cedar Canyon.

Cedar City has a wonderful University.  Southern Utah University, which has provided an amazing education for thousands of students. SUU has been the hub for the Utah Summer Games and has partnered, for years, with the Tony award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival! The Museum of Natural History is adjacent to the Science Building. The museum features rich geological & biological life history of Southern Utah.

Our community and others have enjoyed Three Peaks Recreational Park, West of Cedar City. It has two pavilions for groups, and several picnic areas. ATV trails, mountain biking and unique rock formations, are there to explore.

We have two movie Theaters with 14 movie screens.

Come and visit us in mid September and have a thrill of your life, with the Cedar City SkyFest! Hot air balloons, kite flying, motorized planes and more.

So you ask, “What is there to do in Cedar City”? Come and see what awaits you! We have just begun, to show you!

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April 8, 2010

FRONTIER HOMESTEAD STATE PARK

Formerly known as
Iron Mission State Park Museum


As of Fall 2009, Iron Mission State Park Museum has officially adopted a new name …
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum tells the story of development in Iron County when in the 1850s, Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries here to mine and process iron. Museum displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry – the town bell. In addition to the permanent collections, changing special exhibits highlight artists from the local region, as well as rarely seen artifacts from the museum’s collections. Other items of interest include several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.

Museum Hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Sat
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Day Visits:
$3 per person
$75 annual passes are available at the museum

Location:
Located within the city limits of Cedar City

THE MUSEUM

Lack of iron was a major concern to pioneers who began settling in Utah in 1847. When iron deposits were discovered in southern Utah, Mormon leader Brigham Young called for volunteers to colonize the Iron Mission area. A site near Coal Creek, now Cedar City, was selected in November 1851 for the iron works. Ten months later, the colony completed construction of a small blast furnace and began to operate the iron foundry. Despite its initial success, the Iron Mission faced many difficulties. Financial troubles, floods, heavy freezes and furnace failure took their toll. In addition, a crop shortage threatened starvation. The people persevered in the face of these obstacles, but the foundry was eventually closed in 1858.

Some three decades ago, progressive citizens of Cedar City and Iron County saw the merit of preserving their heritage, both for themselves and for the enjoyment of thousands of area visitors. They asked the Union Pacific to donate its depot and grounds for development of an historical park. The railroad had other ideas for the property, but the people found an alternative. Working through their elected officials they created Iron Mission State Park Museum in July 1973. The current museum opened in 1980.

Though originally named for the pioneering attempts of Mormon settlers to create an iron industry, the park grew and expanded around Gronway Parry’s collection of horse drawn vehicles and agricultural implements, and is now referred to as Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. Over the years other programs and activities have been added such as pioneer craft demonstrations, rotating art exhibits, interpretive lectures, guided curation tours, and a Junior Curator program.

In addition, Frontier Homestead now manages the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, an iron foundry west of Cedar City that operated in the 1860s – 1870s. Additional information can be obtained at the museum visitor desk.

See you there!!

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