National Register Listings in
Washington County, Utah

Angels Landing Trail-West Rim Trail Blake, Wallace, House Bradshaw House-Hotel Butler, William F., House Cable Creek Bridge Cable Mountain Draw Works Canyon Overlook Trail Christensen, Herbert & Lillian, House Covington, Robert D., House Crawford Irrigation Canal Deseret Telegraph and Post Office East Entrance Checking Station East Entrance Residence East Entrance Sign East Rim Trail Emerald Pools Trail Enterprise Meetinghouse Flanigan Ditch Floor of the Valley Road Forsyth, Thomas, House Fort Harmony Site Fort Pearce Gateway to the Narrows Trail Graff, George and Bertha, House Grafton Historic District Grotto Camping Ground North Comfort Station Grotto Camping Ground South Comfort Station Grotto Trail Hafen, Hans George, House Hamblin, Jacob, House Hidden Canyon Trail Hurricane Canal Hurricane Historic District Hurricane Library-City Hall Hurricane-LaVerkin Bridge Isom, Samuel and Elizabeth, House Jepson, James, Jr., House Judd, Thomas, House Leavitt, Lemuel and Mary Ann, House Leeds CCC Camp Historic District Leeds Tithing Office Main Building of Dixie College Mountain Meadows Historic Site Mountain Meadows Massacre Site Museum-Grotto Residence Naegle Winery Oak Creek Historic District Oak Creek Irrigation Canal Old Washington County Courthouse Pine Creek Irrigation Canal Pine Creek Residential Historic District Pine Valley Chapel and Tithing Office Pratt, Orson, House Reber, Frederick and Anna Maria, House Reber, Frederick, Jr., and Mary F., House Rockville Bridge Santa Clara Hydroelectric Power Plants Historic District Santa Clara Relief Society House Santa Clara Tithing Company South Campground Amphitheater South Campground Comfort Station South Entrance Sign St. George Elementary School St. George Social Hall St. George Tabernacle St. George Temple Stanworth, Emanuel and Ursella, House Steele, John, House Toquerville Hall Washington Cotton Factory Washington Relief Society Hall Washington School Wells Fargo and Company Express Building Woodward School Young, Brigham, Winter Home and Office Zion Lodge Historic District Zion Lodge-Birch Creek Historic District (Boundary Increase) Zion Nature Center-Zion Inn Zion-Mount Carmel Highway
The state is home to the world's first KFC restaurant, which was opened in Salt Lake City in 1952 by Colonel Harland Sanders.
Washington County, Utah has a rich and diverse history that stretches back thousands of years. The area was originally home to the Southern Paiute Native American tribe, who thrived here for centuries before the arrival of European settlers. Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to venture into the region in the 1770s, although they did not establish a permanent presence.

The mid-1800s saw the arrival of Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, who settled in what is now known as St. George, the county seat and largest city of Washington County. These settlers sought refuge from persecution and established farming communities, taking advantage of the fertile soil and mild climate. They built irrigation systems known as "reclamation projects" to bring water to the arid desert, making agriculture possible in the region.

Washington County became a hub for agricultural production in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with orchards, vineyards, and dairy farms dotting the landscape. The construction of the St. George Temple, one of the oldest continuously operating LDS (Latter-Day Saint) temples, added to the area's significance as a religious and cultural center.

In recent years, Washington County has experienced significant population growth thanks to its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and thriving economy. The region has become a popular retirement destination and a hub for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and off-roading. Today, Washington County is a vibrant and dynamic community that embraces its history while continuing to evolve and adapt to the changing times.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Washington County, Utah.

  • 1776-1777: It is believed that Spanish explorers, Francisco Garcés and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, were the first non-Native Americans to enter what is now Washington County.
  • 1847: Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and began exploring areas for settlement.
  • 1852: The first Mormon settlers arrived in what is now Washington County and established the community of Santa Clara.
  • 1854: St. George was settled and became the county seat.
  • 1861: Washington County was officially created by the Utah Territorial Legislature.
  • 1871: The St. George Temple, the first temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah, was dedicated.
  • 1882: The area's rich iron deposits led to the establishment of the Silver Reef mining district, which attracted miners and entrepreneurs.
  • 1897: The United Order communal system was abolished in Washington County, leading to a shift towards individual land ownership and economic development.
  • 1923: Zion National Park was established, showcasing the region's stunning natural beauty.
  • 1935: The completion of the Hoover Dam brought economic opportunities to the county.
  • 2005: The Washington County School District became the largest district in Utah, highlighting the county's population growth and development.