Visitors Information for St. George, Utah is readily available at the front desk of Best Western Coral Hills or at the St. George Chamber of Commerce located two doors away.
FREE maps of the Downtown, Historic District are available at either location.
The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Visitors Information inside the Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale
On interesting bits of history regarding the courthouse:
Legend has it that the domed cupola on the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George was designed specifically for hangings, although it never was used for that gruesome purpose.
But that’s not to say the county never had a hanging.
Douglas Alder, a past president of the Washington County Historical Society and Dixie State University, said that in about 1875, a miner working north of St. George in Silver Reef was accused of killing a fellow miner. The alleged killer was arrested and jailed in the basement of the courthouse. But he wasn’t there long. Shortly after he was put in the jail, a group of the murder victim’s friends descended on the courthouse, broke out the prisoner and hung him from a nearby tree.
A common case that was heard within the walls of its upstairs courtroom in the late 19th century was theft charges against ranchers and farmers accused of releasing irrigation water too early, Alder said. Today, visitors to the historic building can watch a re-enactment of a water theft trial.
“We always find them guilty,” said Alder.
Alder tells another story about Will Brooks, a county sheriff in the early 19th century who was responsible for feeding the inmates. Alder said Brooks sometimes ignored jail procedure and took the prisoners home with him for a meal.
The basement jail space is now used for storage, while the Chamber of Commerce occupies the main floor. The former courtroom on the top floor is now used for lectures.
September 3-7, 2013
DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George. The 2013 festival will be it’s fourth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 800 films submitted from 60 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers. These filmmakers are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time embraces the community of Southern Utah.
The DOCUTAH festival is located in the southwestern corner of Utah between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Films and events will be offered in several venues in the towns of Springdale, Kanab, St. George and Ivins.
This part of Utah is renowned for it’s close proximity to several national and state parks which are listed below. The area offers many outdoor activities for visitors such as sightseeing, hiking, camping, off-road adventures, boating, and golfing to name just a few.
Click HERE to link to the DOCUTAH site for Directions, Venues and Scheduling information.
The BEST WESTERN Coral Hills also offers a discount to festival attendees.