Legend has it that Brigham Young was heard pronouncing words to the effect
that if you could get the water under southern Utah to the surface, you
could float a boat from St. George to Phoenix. History and legends aside,
Brigham believed that water would come from somewhere, and that there would
be enough of it to sustain a thriving, ever-growing city for decades to
come. Even so, when the original 300 families entered the St. George valley
in late fall of 1861, they had little more than the two small springs, East
and West, to rely on. From the day those indomitable pioneers set foot in
this valley, until the day they died, their lives were spent in search of,
obtaining, and wisely using water.
We encourage you to take the time to read these true and inspirational accounts
of the early pioneers as they faced the great challenge of finding water
in the St. George valley.