WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
DIXIANA (COLLEGE INN, ELDERHOSTEL CENTER)
St. George, Utah
Dixiana was originally built as a a girls dorm for
Dixie Junior College.
Later is was adapted for use by the Elderhostel program.
It is currently called the College Inn and is owned and run by
Dixie State University.
LOCATION123 East 100 South
St. George, UT 84770
HISTORYGlenn E. Snow (President 1938-1950) began the move to get Dixiana constructed, determined to have a women's dormitory, especially after learning an LDS Stake President in Nevada has asked bishops not to send girls to Dixie Junior College as there were no suitable living accommodations.
Community support was organized through a group known as the Dixie Education Association. They came to the rescue to finance the transition period. The officers included William O. Bentley, Orval Hafen, Mathew Bentley, Wilford W. McArthur and B. Glen Smith. They undertook many projects to promote education, including the building of a girls dormitory (Dixiana) and acquiring various kinds of equipment and property.
In 1951, Pres. Himes solicited funds to finish Dixiana.
In 1954, Dixiana was finished and ready for inspection by Governor J. Bracken Lee, who had come down to inform President Bruhn that Dixie Junior College doors would have to be closed. After the inspection and learning that Dixiana had been constructed entirely from community funding, and with no dollars from the State, the Governor said, "If this community wants Dixie Junior College that badly, they should have it."
During the 1960-61 school year, President Bruhn began the action to obtain money for the new men's dormitory and a cafeteria along with an extension to Dixiana.
In 1968, a new wing was completed on Dixiana that added 27 more students to that facility.
An Elderhostel program is housed in the old Dixiana dormitory (now named the Elderhostel Center) in midtown and during the 1999-2000 year, attracted over 2,500 retirees to St. George for weeklong courses. The Elderhostel Program has expanded to include 22 locations. In addition to offering Baccalaureate programs, many re-entry programs, GED high school diplomas, Developmental Education programs, and Short Term Intensive Training programs (STIT) for industry, attract students from far and wide and contribute in signaling Dixie's change from a junior to a state college.