2012 Time to Work, Time to Play, & Time to Serve travel blog

Today's route

This staue of Ute Chief Blackhawk with a tomahawk used to be...

Winnie with the big boys while we eat breakfast at Denny's

Soda can storage tanks at Conoco gas station

I've never seen cattle guards on and entrance ramp to an interstate

Crashed helicopter on its way home

Lighthouse highlighting landlocked Utah's lack of maritime history

Winnie at Temple View RV Park in St. George

View of the St. George Utah Temple from Temple View

We got an early start today and pretty much drove straight to St. George, UT. We arrived late in the afternoon. St. George is surprisingly a large city of about 75,000 people. It's in extreme southwestern Utah and has been nicknamed Dixie to honor the attempt to grow cotton, and cotton's association with the Dixie in the south. The town was first settled in 1861 by a group of farmer/missionaries sent south by Brigham Young to grow cotton. The mission was intended to ensure that the Mormons had adequate supplies of cotton because of shortages of cotton caused by the Civil War. Apparently yields in the test fields were not as high as expected, and economic viability of growing cotton was never achieved. St. George is alsothe location of the St. George Utah Temple, the first temple completed by the Mormons after they were forced from Nauvoo, Illinois. It's visible from the RV park.

Tomorrow we head for Las Vegas for an overnight stop.

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