Trail to the Quarry Trek

Trail to the Quarry Trek

Trail to the Quarry trek

D.U.P. Museum

The Hurricane Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers held an event on November 5th. We ventured out to the beautiful city of St. George, Utah to visit the DUP Museum, and the Trail to the Quarry trek.

dup-museum-signWe were told to gather at the Zion’s Bank parking lot at 8:30 that morning.  We had a grand p1220250total of 14 people show up, but even with that small number, we had a great time.  We left the parking lot at about 9:00 a.m. and traveled in separate vehicles to the “McQuarrie Memorial Hall” which is a museum run by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (D.U.P.)

These wonderful women had taken time out of their busy lives to come to the museum and give us a special tour.  We were grateful for their willingness to serve.  We were divided up into 4 different groups and taken to different parts of the Museum.  Besides the Entryway, the main floor has 4 large display rooms rooms. There is also a basement with three large rooms.  There is a great deal of memorabilia from earlier times displayed there.  We spent about 2 hours just looking, and realized that it would take a great deal more time to really see everything they have to see.  It also gave us a better reason to visit our our Heritage Park Museum right here in Hurricane.

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Twin Pillars for the entryway to the Trail to the Quarry trek.

From the museum, we left for the “Trail to the Quarry,” Monument.  To get there headed up Diagonal Street to the very end and turned on 700 west street.  From there, to the end of that street.  Here it is obvious that there is something being remembered.  You come to a two pillar entryway that begins the Trail to the Quarry trek.

p1220285This monument had been in the works for several years and was built as a cooperative effort of the Dixie Encampment Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, the City of St. George and local businesses along with local Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 383. They constructed the two-pillared entry, numerous informative plaques, a stone monument and the trail itself.

The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve was also instrumental in completing the project, granting permission for the trail to cross into the reserve. Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, which abuts the trail, also helped in granting access.

“It’s been hard to get to”, St. George Mayor Pike said. “It’s a little bit treacherous, getting up the cliff or along the golf
course. This trail’s been carefully mapped out, worked really closely with the desert tortoise habitat folks as well as the city and the Sons of Utah Pioneers who headed up this project – they raised the money for it. It’s going to be fantastic. I think just about anyone could walk this trail and go up and see a little bit of history.”

The quarry site was an important location where blocks p1220282of sandstone were chiseled out p1220271of the hillside and used to construct numerous local buildings of significant importance such as the tabernacle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the LDS St. George Temple, the original courthouse and numerous other buildings in St. George.

the project had been in the planning stages for approximately four years, but is now available for people like the SUP to visit and see the work our pioneers had to go through just to get the sandstone blocks to the city center for the Tabernacle and Temple.

The day our small group arrived at the trail to the Quarry trek site was clear and beautiful.  The trail winds lazily around the golf course, then back to the south and up a small incline. At the top, it meanders further south towards some sandstone outcroppings.  You will find benches along the way to sit and rest, or ponder what you are seeing.  There are a couple of well built sandstone stairs to climb along the way, but they are not steep.

You will find a number of plaques along the way, and at the end that describes what our pioneer forefathers had to do to chisel the stone from the sandstone face.  Afterwards, they had to chip away at the block until it was formed the way they wanted it.  It was still in a rough state when put on wagons and hauled back to the Tabernacle or Temple, where the finishing touches took place for each of the stone blocks quarried.

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Dan Zaleski and Isom Grandchildren

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Turtle fence crossing the trail

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Rocked portion of the trail

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Bench along the trail

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Devin and Bonnie Ruesch

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David & Gerri Hinton

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Red Hills Golf Course and Picturesque Pine Valley Mountain

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Red Hills Golf Course and the trail

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Gerri Hinton on the trail south of the Golf Course

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a portion of the Red Hills Golf Course

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Bench on Trail

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Betty Zaleski, Bonnie and Devin Ruesch

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Red Sandstone Cliffs

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Sandstone chippings

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Trails end Monument and plaques

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Working at the Quarry plaque

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Plug and Feather Quarry Method Explained

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Chipping Piles

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Plaque explaining to those on the trek what the monument is about.

December Newsletter

Our December Newsletter has two activities to talk about.  The first began on the 5th of November when we attended the St. George Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum.  It is an older, but beautiful, building found on 100 East and about 130 North. The Museum personnel were wonderful to come to the museum on a Saturday and walk us through it.  They had hundreds of old pictures of the pioneers who built St. George and the surrounding area.  They also had old pioneer tools that were used to tame the land. They has as well instruments of the pioneer age.  It was well organized, and highly interesting to walk through. We were there for about 2 hours.  It is not enough time to really see what is there.  We encourage anyone who hasn’t been there, to give yourself half a day, and go see this museum. It is wonder that helps you realize what blessings we have today because of the courage and dedication of our ancestors!   You might also want to visit our own museum here in Hurricane.

The December Newsletter also tell about our next stop that day, at the “Trail to the Quarry,” site. This is a new trail that the building of has been overseen by the Dixie Encampment Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.  If you go North on Diagonal Street until you get to 700 West Street, then turn right and go to the end, you will find the trail head.  You will know you are there by the twin pillars and plaque that await you.

jay-evans-2The December meeting will be held at the Hurricane Stake Center on 700 west and near 700 south.  The building is on the left side of the street as you are coming from State Street.  It is the same building we held the National Convention in.  This will be our annual Christmas dinner.  The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 starting of our other dinners.The cost has been set at $15.00 per person, and it will be catered by the Golden Corral Restaurant. We will have profession entertainment, one that has performed in the past, our own Jay Evans.

 

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November Newsletter

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This months newsletter Talks about our October Dinner meeting with Lynn Chamberlain.  He told us about his love of the hills, and wildlife. He talked about the wildlife we have in this area, and other animals he has been able to take pictures of all around the world.  He gained his interest in this during high school from Ralph Dickman, the high school Biology teacher.Mr. Chamberlain told us in great detail about each of the animals he photographed.  It was an amazing presentation.

Our November Newsletter give us a calendar of events from November through December.  November will have two activities in it, one being a trek to St. George and the Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneers Museum, and then on to an new SUP monument Trail to the Quarry.  It has been overseen by the Dixie Encampment Chapter and Wayne Pace, the chapter’s founder.

The 2ndjay-evans-2 event in November Newsletter will be our monthly dinner meeting.  There we will honor two “Modern-day Pioneers” who have been a great influence over their lives to the citizens of Hurricane. It will be held at the Hurricane American Legion Hall, Post 100.  It will start at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner will be pot-luck.

The December meeting will be held at the Hurricane Stake Center on 700 west and near 700 south.  The building is on the left side of the street as you are coming from State Street.  It is the same building we held the National Convention in.  This will be our annual Christmas dinner.  The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 starting of our other dinners.The cost has been set at $15.00 per person, and it will be catered by the Golden Corral Restaurant. We will have profession entertainment, one that has performed in the past, our own Jay Evans.

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