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History of Hurricane, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Hinton became the first residents of Hurricane when they occupied the bench in 1906. Other stockholders farmed their lands by camping during the week and going home to Virgin and Toquerville over the weekend. Hurricane gradually evolved into a town of fine orchards, vineyards, alfalfa, grain, and sugar beet fields and as a center for the southern Utah sheep industry. The original eleven families of 1906 had by 1917 increased to more than one hundred families with a population of 800. During these eleven years their homes had been lighted by kerosene lamps and their culinary water dipped from ditches into barrels. In February 1917 a fifty-year franchise was granted to the Southern Utah Power Company, and by September most of the homes were wired and ready for the power which was turned on that same month. Also, the town voted a bond, and bought two-thirds of a second-foot of water from Toquerville and began installing a piped system.

When water from the Virgin River was allocated, the St. George and Washington Canal Company received thirty second-feet, La Verkin Canal Company six, and Hurricane Canal Company nine and three-fourths second-feet of primary water right. Additional water in dry seasons was assured when the Hurricane Canal Company built a storage reservoir on the Kolob Terrace.

With the establishment of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, the bulk of the Virgin River irrigation canal has been abandoned. The district supplies irrigation water in a pipeline from the diversion dam and in return uses the surplus water to fill Quail Lake reservoir. When the water reaches town it is distributed in a closed-pipe system.


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