In the book, “Hurricane Valley, Wayne Hinton relates: “During the first 25 years, life in Hurricane was largely that of farming and ranching. Nearly every family had a garden, a small orchard and vineyard of grapes on their lot. They all had a few chickens, one to three cows and several pigs to butcher. They were largely self-sufficient. The town had a grist mill to process their grain. In the line of food all they needed to buy was sugar, salt and spices. They needed money to pay taxes, buy clothes, books, recreation and support young people in schools and college as they had to leave town for additional education. Since the 1930′s, the pattern of life has gradually changed.”
During all its earlier years, Hurricane was known as the “Dead End Town.” Anyone entering Hurricane had to leave the Salt Lake to St. George highway at Anderson’s Ranch and go over a narrow bridge near the Hot Mineral Springs into Hurricane. There was no other road to the west or south, so to leave leave Hurricane, one had to backtrack to Anderson’s Junction. But that all changed in 1937, when the present bridge, the highest bridge in Utah at the time, was built over the Virgin River between LaVerkin and Hurricane. The new highway goes through Hurricane and then west, crossing two more bridges and re-enters the highway to ST. George. That highway later became one of two of Utah’s busiest two lane highways int he state. It has just recently been made into a five land highway from I-15 to mid town Hurricane. The old two land bridge is still in use between Hurricane and LaVerkin. As of March, 2011, the downtown and northern section of road in Hurricane, is being re-done so that it is a four lane road with a median that has vegetation in it. It will look very pretty when the trees are in full leaf, with the provincial lights that accompany them are on during the evening hours.
Hurricane State Road Turn
Water rights to the Virgin River during the extra dry summers have always caused a problem between Hurricane, Washington and St. George. To relieve this problem, the Hurricane Canal Co. constructed a dam across the canyon on Kolob, creating a large reservoir. This trapped the snow runoff in the Spring to be released during the summer to the Virgin River and the cities below. Now Hurricane can take more water from the river and Washington and St. George can also get their full supply.
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