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History of Parowan, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Parowan's Economic Development Office actively recruits small manufacturing companies looking to relocate to a rural community. In addition, the farmers and ranchers of Iron County are working together to increase the number of agribusinesses and dairies. Significant growth has occurred in the 1990s in Parowan; it has been attributed to affordable utility fees and a positive economic climate. City officials have maintained financial stability while encouraging community projects that preserve the pioneer heritage and increase tourism during all seasons. Parowan is the site of the annual Iron County Fair on Labor Day weekend; it also is a host community for the Utah Summer Games and sponsor of the annual "Christmas in the Country" celebration each November.

In 1993 the city began development of Heap's Spring Memorial Park. Plans for this site include a park and amphitheater, a grotto and pond, and a museum of southwestern Utah history. Other local historic sites include the original town square with the Old Rock Church, the War Memorial and Rose Garden, the Third/Fourth Ward LDS chapel built in 1915, and the Jesse N. Smith Home Museum. Parowan City supports the Parowan Community Theatre, which produces outstanding theatrical productions throughout the year.

See: Richard M. Benson, History of Parowan Third Ward, 1851-1981 (1981); Luella Adams Dalton, History of Iron County Mission and Parowan, the Mother Town (1973); Parowan City, Parowan: Southern Utah's First Settlement (n.d.).

Janet Burton Seegmiller


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