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Cedar City, is the largest city in Iron County. Its population is approx 28,000. Cedar City is situated in the southeast Great Basin, and is about 20 miles (32 km) to the north of the northeastern border of the Mojave Desert. The altitude is 5,800 ft. and is surrounded to the eastern side with a hilly area and facing the western side by the high desert. Fort Cedar (because that was what Cedar City was actually known by that point) became founded on November 11, 1851 by early Mormon settlers. Cedar City was incorporated on February 18, 1868. Settlement commenced on November 11, 1851, with a team of 35 people from Parowan, 20 miles northward, in order to set up an iron mine. Cedar City's spot was selected as an equivalent distance from large iron sediments 10 miles (16 km) west and coal supplies 10 miles (16 km) up Cedar Canyon. Parowan was a more recent settlement back then as well, being established January 13, 1851. The objective for the development of the Cedar City community was to mine iron ore as well as enrichment methods. The area features an overall range of 20.1 square miles (52 km2), zero of which is covered by water.

The early days of Cedar City were challenging well as distressing periods, however the inhabitants remained to work hard in order to set up their thriving town within Iron County. The iron works collapsed in 1858, however iron mining carried on within the region up till the 1980s. Cedar City came to be agricultural in kind even though iron mining carried on firmly by virtue of the second world war as well as through the 1980s.

The arrial of the railway to Cedar City during 1923 introduced Utah's national parks to the possibility of tourism. Cedar City was advertised as the "Gateway to the Parks." The railway likewise supplied an avenue for the materials from the iron quarries. Presently the area's economic climate is depended on travel and tourism, farming, various mining endeavors, a few manufacturing as well as a space-age business. Southern Utah University has an enrollment of 7,000 people. The school was established in 1897 as a branch of the State Normal School (University of Utah). In 1913 it came to be a branch of the Utah State Agricultural College of Logan. In 1968 the state congress changed it into a four-year institution of liberal arts and sciences alongside elementary and secondary teacher education training programs. Upon January 1, 1991, it achieved university standing and its current title.

The existence of ancient men and women in the Cedar City region is shown through rock art located at the Parowan Gap which is north about 20 miles. Fremont locations dated to A.D. 1000 and 1300. Precursors for the current southern Paiute Indians came across the Dominguez-Escalante Explorers within this location during 1776. Fifty years later, in 1826, mountain man as well as fur trader Jedediah Smith journeyed throughout the region discovering a path from Utah to California.

The city has contributed in the accelerated expansion for a great deal of Southwestern Utah ever since the late 1980s. It is also home to the world renowned Shakespeare Festival, which has a rich history in Cedar City. There is also beautiful places near Cedar City that are definitely worth visiting, places like Duck Creek Village and Navajo Lake.

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