October 28, 2011

HARVEST FESTIVAL Celebration of Families

Harvest Festival, St. George, Utah

Harvest Festival, St. George, Utah

The Many Faces of a Family

Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:30 – 2:30  (Annually in the Fall)

Vernon Worthen Park  (300 South 400 East)

Located just four three blocks away from this St. George Hotel

Peace within the home is key to sustaining communication, healthy relationships and unity.  Washington County is home to a diverse population, and though we may differ in our language, culture, customs, and religious beliefs, we share a common bond…FAMILY. With over 30 booths come and discover new ideas in strengthening your family!  FREE Food, Games, Door Prizes, Music

If you have questions or are interested in doing a FREE booth, please contact Katy at 435.628.1204 or katy.dove@infowest.com

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October 24, 2011

Silver Reef Ghost Town

Silver Reef Wells Fargo Office & Museum

NAME:            Silver Reef
COUNTY:     Washington
ROADS:          2WD
CLIMATE: Cool winter with possible snow, warm summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Anytime.

Silver Reef was discovered between 1866 and 1870 (There are many different stories about the founding of this town) However in 1874 a man named William T Barbee is credited with getting the mining going. In 1875 he had 22 claims here. In 1876 Silver Reef became an established town. Main Street was over a mile long. Silver Reef had over 2000 people living here. Miners and immigrants, including many of Irish, Cornish, and Chinese origin, rushed to the area with the hope of making their fortunes. There were hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurants, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 news papers, a china town, 3 cemeteries, a theater company, and other urban amenities.

Silver Reef Mine Shaft Near St. George

Silver Reef Mine Shaft Near St. George

Despite great differences in ethnicity, religion, and culture, the mining boomtown and its agricultural neighbor, Leeds, formed a mutually dependent relationship. The miners at Silver Reef were sustained by produce from Leeds, and Leeds farmers flourished with cash from the miners for their crops. By 1900 Silver Reef had died as the most easily accessible silver ore had been mined and the price of silver plummeted; however, the farming community of Leeds survived. In 1891 the last mine shut down, about 25 million dollars worth of ore had been taken from the mines here. Between 1891 and 1901 another $250,000 of ore was taken out of the area. The old Wells Fargo Express office is on the National Historical Register and is now a museum. The old bank is now a gift shop. Some of the area has been preserved for its history and is worth visiting. A lot of the surrounding areas of the old town are now homes and housing developments and are restricted to public access

Silver Reef Cemetary Near St. George, Utah

Silver Reef Cemetary Near St. George, Utah

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October 20, 2011

Huntsman World Senior Games – 2012

Hunstman World Senior Games 2012

Hunstman World Senior Games 2012

For individual athletes and teams give us a call and make your reservations prior to the end of 2011 and receive this year rate!

The Best Western Coral Hills is one of the best St. George Hotels in town!  We’ve worked hard for the reputation and look forward to serving you next year.

Huntsman World Senior Games 2012

Huntsman World Senior Games 2012

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October 17, 2011

Harrisburg Ghost Town Near St. George, Utah

Harrisburg Ghosttown near St. George, Utah

Harrisburg Ghost Town near St. George, Utah

NAME:                Harrisburg
COUNTY:          Washington
ROADS:               2WD
CLIMATE:        Cool winter with possible snow, warm summer.
COMMENTS:   
Right off I-15.
REMAINS:         Many ruins.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime

One of the first settlements in the Southern Utah area was Harrisburg, founded in 1861 by Moses Harris and a few Mormon families who settled along Quail Creek. Despite their efforts in digging a 5-mile-long irrigation canal along what is now known as Leeds Creek, growth was hampered by rocky soil and limited land available for farming. Harrisburg came to be in 1862 when a flood destroyed the settlement of Harrisville and its residence were forced to move elsewhere. They named there new place of refinance Harrisburg after Moses Harris (the man who settled Harrisville). By 1864 128 people lived here, almost all the houses were made out of stone. In 1869 many people started to move away due to grasshopper plagues and flooding. Navajo Indian raids also chased many away. By around 1895 the last people had moved away and Harrisburg became a ghost town.

Today, remnants of a few pioneer homes and the restored Adams House are all that remain of Historic Harrisburg.

Today Interstate 15 runs right through the middle of the old town. The town sight left on east side of I15 is now a RV Camp. There are several old stone houses and walls left standing at this sight. A one lane road that goes under I15 from the RV Camp takes you over to what is left of Harrisburg on the west side of I15.  Permission must be obtained from the RV Camp before going onto this property.

Harrisburg Ghosttown Near St. George, Utah

Harrisburg Ghosttown Near St. George, Utah

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October 7, 2011

JOIN US at a Taste of Dixie!

 JOIN US at a Taste of Dixie!

The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce presents “a Taste of Dixie”–a community festival that will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th at Vernon Worthen Park. “A Taste of Dixie,” will show local residents and visitors what’s offered here in Utah’s Dixie, featuring local business, local artists, LIVE entertainment sponsored by Dixie Applied Technology College, a kid’s play area sponsored by Mountain America Credit, and of course…FOOD! Held in partnership with the City of St. George and sponsored by Yellowbook, Cherry Creek Radio, Dixie State College, and the Washington County School District Foundation, this family friendly festival has something for everyone. Visit www.tasteofdixie.org for more information or call 435-628-1650.

Date: October 7 & 8, 2011

Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Place: Vernon Worthen Park

Taste of Dixie, St. George, Utah

Taste of Dixie, St. George, Utah

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September 29, 2011

A Taste of Dixie

Vernon Worthen Park

“A Taste of Dixie” will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 7th and 8th at the Vernon Worthen Park.  Its purpose is to showcase to residence and visitors what’s offered here in Utah’s Dixie.  The event is geared for all types of vendors: from jewelry to local artists, hotel accommodations to financial industries, to small town businesses and everything in between, mixed with food booths and entertainment to draw thousands! 

The Vernon Worthen Park is on 400 East – Just Four blocks from Best Western Coral Hills.

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September 10, 2011

9/11 Memorial Services in St. George, Utah

9/11 Services, Patriots Day

9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance observance

 

WHERE: Unity Park, 200 W. 400 South, Ivins

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10th

INFO: Call Dorothy Engelman at the Volunteer Center of Washington County, (435) 674-5757, ext. 103

 

 Make a difference in your community to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of September 11. Visit 911day.org or Facebook.com/911day and remember by doing.  Post a tribute, donate your time, support your favorite cause.

What will you do to remember?

(Reminder: Banks will be closed Monday, September 12 in observance of Patriot’s Day)

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September 8, 2011

Moutain Meadow Massacre

 

Mountain Meadow Memorial

This is one of the greatest tragedies to occur in the Southern Utah area.  The Mountain Meadows Massacre was the killing of roughly 120 emigrants who were passing through Southern Utah in September 1857. The massacre occurred on September 11, 1857. The emigrants–men, women, and children–were traveling from Arkansas to California, part of the Baker-Fancher wagon train. They were killed by a group of local militia with the help of some of the area Indians.

Author Juanita Brooks, who studies and wrote the first book about the incident has concluded:

“The complete –the absolute — truth of the affair can probably never be evaluated by any human being; attempts to understand the forces which culminated in it and those which were set into motion by it are all very inadequate at best.

The memorial site is located approximately 30 miles north of St. George on highway 18.  The monument above has been erected overlooking the site.

Mountain Meadow Map

Mountain Meadow Map

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September 3, 2011

Downtown Farmers Market every Saturday!

The Market is open to the Public and free of charge.  It is held every Saturday morning from 8am – noon, rain or shine,  from May 14th through October 29th.  The Farmers Market also features live music, hot coffee, fresh pastries and, of course, a variety of booths selling local goods.  The local honey is great and goes quick!

Farmers Market at Ancestor Square

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September 1, 2011

Fourte – Concert in the Park 7:30

 

Concert In the Park Series

Concert In the Park Series

On September 12th, the group Fourte  will be performing their ispirational music at a FREE public performance at 7:30pm at the Vernon Worthen Park at 300 S 400 E, in St. George.  The park is only 3 blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills.

The Best Western Coral Hills is a proud sponsor of the 2011 St. George Concert in the Park Series.  All concerts are open to the public and free of charge.  Hosted every second Monday from April through September and start at 7:30pm

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