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150th St. George Wagon Company - Dixie Cotton Mission 2011


In celebration of 150th Anniversary of the original "Cotton Mission" and establishment of St. George the City of St. George is organizing an eight-day, 100-mile wagon company expedition from Parowan to St. George, Utah in October 2011. Although this expedition does not follow the original trail the early pioneer settlers traveled, it does provide an opportunity for individuals and families to experience life in a wagon company as it winds its way through valley and canyon in scenic southwestern Utah.

Wagon Company Expedition Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 7 - Parowan (stage & start)
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 8-9 - Enoch/Cedar Valley
Monday, Oct. 10 - Desert Mound
Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Page Ranch
Wednesday, Oct. 12 - Abe Spring (SR-18)
Thursday, Oct. 13 - Veyo
Friday, Oct. 14 - Ivins
Saturday, Oct. 15 - St. George (finish at Vernon Worthen Park)

St. George Wagon Company Parade


Saturday, Oct. 15 11:30 am on Historic Tabernacle Street

Parade begins on 400 West and travels east to 400 East (Vernon Worthen Park)

This parade will escort the St. George Wagon Company to its final destination at Vernon Worthen Park and kicks-off the Dixie Pioneer Heritage Festival.

The parade will feature marching bands and pays tribute to the original 309 pioneer families called to the Dixie Cotton Mission in 1861. Descendants of the early settlers will be able to walk in the parade and display their family name or family crest on a flag or banner.

If you and your family/extended family are descendants of the Dixie Cotton Mission Pioneers and would like to represent your family name in the parade or enter a marching band to participate please e-mail:
wagontrainparade@sgcity.org.

Expedition Daily Route Maps (PDF) and Mileage Available Soon!

Special Services and Evening Entertainment


On Sunday, October 9, worship services will be provided followed by a fireside that evening. The Wagon Company will not travel on this day.

Every evening in camp throughout the Wagon Company Expedition entertainment will be provided. Entertainment includes:

  • Cowboy poetry and story telling
  • Hoedown
  • Music
  • Firesides with guest speakers
  • Pioneer games
  • Early settler re-enactments


What is Expected of Participants?

This wagon company will be traveling an average of 14 miles per day across varying terrain and elevations. Conditions may be difficult and strenuous at times. Please note that this is a hands-on experience and all members of the wagon company (teamsters, outriders and walkers) will be expected to work cooperatively on tasks as they are assigned by the wagon master.

Dress Code

Dress should reflect clothing similar to that worn by pioneers that traveled the plains and throughout the west in the late 1800's. Males are encouraged to wear suspenders or button collared shirts and avoid wearing clothing with printing and advertising. Plain clothing is preferable. No baseball caps or neon colored fabrics.

Females during the day may wear jeans. For the evening meal and campfire, female participants are encouraged to wear long skirts or dresses. Segments of the St. George Wagon Company Expedition will be videoed and used in a film documentary about the settlement of St. George which will air during St. George Heritage Week in January, 2012.

Basic Wagon Company Rules


  • No alcohol allowed
  • No Smoking allowed
  • No fireworks allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No dogs will be allowed on wagon train or at campsites
  • No ATV's or OHV's will be allowed in wagon train or at campsites
  • Camping and campfires in designated areas only
  • No advertising on wagons (teamster sponsors will be recognized in other ways)
  • All members of the wagon company are expected to perform duties as assigned by the wagon master
  • Wagon master instructions are to be followed at all times


Types of wagon wheels permitted

Both steel and rubber wagon wheels will be permitted in the wagon company expedition. Authentic steel wheel wagons will be grouped together as they travel and at campsites in order to be filmed for a documentary about the settlement of St. George and surrounding areas.

Ways to Participate and Register

There are several options for participation in the 150th St. George Wagon Company. Below are options and pricing:

Option 1: Teamster Registration- Option one allows for a team of up to four mules or horses, one wagon and a total of six persons. Teamsters must register for a minimum of two days. Shuttle service will be provided to campsite daily. Cost is $40.00 per day and an additional cost of $5.00 per person per day beyond the six allowed under the teamster registration. (Due to the terrain and conditions of this expedition and for the safety of everyone involved, only experienced teamsters should register to participate.)

Option 2: Outrider Registration- Option two allows for a single rider and horse. Outriders must register for a minimum of one day. Cost is $7.50 per day. No shuttle service provided. (Due to the terrain and conditions of this expedition and for the safety of everyone involved, only experienced riders should register to participate.)

Option 3: Walker or Handcart Registration- Option three allows for a single walker with or without a handcart. Groups of 15 or more will qualify for a discounted rate. Cost is $5.00 per person per day. For groups over 15 the cost is $4.00 per person per day.

Option 4: Wagon Rider(s) Registration- Option four is for individuals or families that do not have access to a team and wagon but would like to ride along. Wagon seat reservations can be made directly with teamsters. Please see list of participating teamsters with wagon space available under "Wagon Ride Contacts."

All options include: breakfast, potable water, porta-potties, all applicable permits, public safety escort and campsites. Dinner may also be included contingent upon local community support and involvement. Lunch will not be provided by the Wagon Company and will be left to the discretion of teamsters and individuals.

Teamster Sponsorships

Teamsters can recruit businesses and/or individuals to sponsor their wagon(s). However, no advertising will be allowed on wagons in order to maintain a more authentic pioneer look. Teamster sponsors contributing over $150 will be recognized on the City of St. George Wagon Company website, in a commemorative book and on signage at campsites. Sponsor must provide proof of contribution, logo and/or name by emailing wagontrain@sgcity.org.

REGISTRATION OPENS ON JULY 8 ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS

St. George Wagon Company Sponsorships Available

150th St. George Wagon Company sponsorships are a great way to become involved and support this historical event. Sponsors will be recognized on the city website, in a commemorative book, on signage at campsites and mentions on the radio. Sponsorships include in-kind and cash contributions. Below is a list of sponsorship categories:

In-Kind Contributions

  • Breakfast food items (Eggs, potatoes, bacon, napkins, etc…)
  • Dinner food Items (Hamburger, hot dogs, paper plates, etc…)
  • Animal feed
  • Potable water truck(s)
  • Semi-truck and trailer/ refrigeration trailer
  • Porta-Potties at campsites and on trailers during expedition
  • Veterinarians
  • Garbage cans/ dumpsters


Cash Contributions

  • $2,500 + Wagon Master Level Sponsorship
  • $1000 - $2,499 Wrangler Level Sponsorship
  • $500 - $999 Point Rider Level Sponsorship
  • $250 - $499 Buckaroo Level Sponsorship


For more sponsorship information or to make a contribution please call (435) 627-4766 between 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.


Settlement of St. George, Utah



In 1854, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS Church, or Mormon Church) established an Indian mission in Santa Clara, two miles northwest of present-day St. George. The church set up experimental farms in the St. George Valley in 1857-1858. In October 1861, church leaders called 309 families to establish the Cotton Mission. After the outbreak of the Civil War that same year, LDS Church President Brigham Young felt it necessary to grow cotton, if possible. Many of these families assigned to settle the area hailed from the South and possessed the necessary skills to grow cotton and establish a community. Paying homage to the nickname of their former home, these settlers called the region "Utah's Dixie."

St. George, Utah was named in honor of Mormon apostle George A. Smith, also known as the "Potato Saint" because he urged early settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to cure scurvy. Smith did not participate in the town's settlement, but personally selected many of the pioneers that originally settled the area. The first years in St. George proved difficult for early residents due to challenges such as flooding, lack of culinary water and scorching summer heat. A cotton factory erected soon after the settlers' arrival produced off and on for approximately 50 years, but overall, cotton proved an unsuccessful venture. The area also produced silk as early as 1874, but its production did not contribute significantly to the area's economic prosperity. Other early pioneer endeavors included the production of molasses, dried fruit and even wine.

The Virgin River Anasazi were St. George's earliest residents, inhabiting the area from approximately 200 B.C. to 1200 A.D. They left behind rock art and ruins of their dwellings. The reason for their departure is unknown to this day. The Paiute tribe arrived between 1100 and 1200 A.D., utilizing the area as a hunting ground for deer, rabbits and other animals. The Paiutes also grew crops along the riverbeds, including corn, wheat and melons. In 1776, the Dominguez-Escalante Party became the first recorded European-Americans to visit the area. Fur trappers and government survey parties followed.







St. George Wagon Company Sponsorships Available


150th St. George Wagon Company sponsorships are a great way to become involved and support this historical event. Sponsors will be recognized on the city website, in a commemorative book, on signage at campsites and mentions on the radio. Sponsorships include in-kind and cash contributions. Below is a list of sponsorship categories:

In-Kind Contributions

  • Breakfast food items (Eggs, potatoes, bacon, napkins, etc…)
  • Dinner food Items (Hamburger, hot dogs, paper plates, etc…)
  • Animal feed
  • Potable water truck(s)
  • Semi-truck and trailer/ refrigeration trailer
  • Porta-Potties at campsites and on trailers during expedition
  • Veterinarians
  • Garbage cans/ dumpsters


Cash Contributions

  • $2,500 + Wagon Master Level Sponsorship
  • $1000 - $2,499 Wrangler Level Sponsorship
  • $500 - $999 Point Rider Level Sponsorship
  • $250 - $499 Buckaroo Level Sponsorship


For more sponsorship information or to make a contribution please call (435) 627-4766 between 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.