The Dixie D in 1967

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

THE DIXIE "D"

St. George, Utah

The Dixie "D" is an arrangement of whitewashed rocks on the side of the Black Hill [mesa] on the west side of St. George.
It is now outlined with electric lights that are on at night.


HISTORY

It was originally designed by Wilford Cannon and constructed on February 14, 1915 by students of the old Dixie Academy.

It has slowly evolved over the years. Floodlights were added in 19?? to light it at night. In 200?, it was outlined in high-
intensity electric lights. And in 2018, the lights were upgraded to a full-color lighting system.

The "D" is whitewashed each year on the Saturday of D-Week.


PHOTOS

Dixie D on the Black Hill
Dixie "D" on the Black Hill
      Dixie D with the outlining lights
      WCHS-00356     Dixie "D" with the outlining lights

First whitewashing the Dixie D
First whitewashing of the Dixie "D" - 1915
      Whitewashing the Dixie D
      Whitewashing the Dixie "D" more recently

WCHS photos:
WCHS-00357     Photo of the Dixie "D" and telephone microwave reflector on the Black Hill
WCHS-00295     Photos of the new West Elementary School with the Dixie "D" in the background (1956)
WCHS-00110     Photo of the A&W Drive-in in St. George with the Dixie "D" in the background (6/16/1967)
WCHS-00291     Photo of portable classrooms at West Elementary School with the Dixie "D" in the background (1987)

Other photos:
Old photo of the St. George Tabernacle with the Black Hill and Dixie "D" in the background
Photo of the house at 162 South 300 West in St. George with the Black Hill and Dixie "D" in the background
1918 photo of the Dixie D looking west on Tabernacle St. from just before Main St.
Article from around 1983-1987 with a photo showing the Black Hill and Dixie "D" in the background


REFERENCES

D-Week Traditions Remembered
Dixie State Magazine, Spring 2008
The article on Page 8 describes the beginning and some of the history of the Dixie "D" and includes some photos.

History of the term, "Dixie".

Dixie State University's hillside 'D' upgrades to full-color lighting system
Article from the St. George News, 12/8/2018