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History of Hurricane, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Conservation of water along with good management has allowed Hurricane to annex thousands of acres of surrounding land to attract new industrial, commercial, and residential developments. Among the major industries is the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, which services one-fourth of the western United States along with western Canada and Mexico. Hurricane is attractive to businesses because of easy access to the interstate highway system, available water and power, a climate below the snow line, and a favorable job market. Numerous small manufacturing businesses have located there, and the population is expected to double or triple in the next decade.

For years Hurricane Peach Days were enjoyed by thousands of people; the festival now has expanded to become the Washington County Fair. A new library; fine school facilities; a medical clinic with full-time doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses; modern stores; a good mix of religious denominations; recreation outlets for hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing; a good airport; a relatively pollution-free environment; rich biotic, geologic, and archaeological areas; handsome farms and ranches; unsurpassed scenery--all have combined to make the valley an ideal place in which to live. Strong civic pride has resulted in the creation of an outstanding Heritage Park and Pioneer and Indian Museum. More and more "snowbirds" are coming to the area to spend the winter. Excellent restaurants and motels aid tourists on their way to the nearby national and state parks and recreation areas. And, fruit stands along the highway, loaded with local produce, continue to remind travelers of Hurricane's historic past.

See: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Washington County Chapter, "Under Dixie Sun" (1950); Andrew Karl Larson, I Was Called to Dixie (1961); Angus M. Woodbury, "A History of Southern Utah and its National Parks," Utah Historical Quarterly 12 (1944).

Wesley P. Larsen


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