Oxen pulling a lumber wagon

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

THE TEMPLE TRAIL

The old pioneer Temple Trail was used to move lumber 80 miles from Mt. Trumbull to St. George for use in the
construction of the St. George Temple.


ROUTE

There were two alternate routes making up the Temple Trail:

The main trail dropped down over the Hurricane Cliffs about 8 miles south of the Utah/Arizona border and
continued up to the Ft. Pearce Wash on into St. George. The trip took about 7 days.

The alternate route went to Antelope Springs where lumber could be stored until snow closed the sawmills.
From there, the trail went down over the Hurricane Cliffs just south of the Utah/Arizona border and joined
what would later become the Honeymoon Trail. It followed the Ft. Pearce Wash into St. George.


HISTORY

Forty-five volunteers from local communities constructed the roadways during April and May of 1874.

There were two sawmills at Nixon Springs on the south face of Mt. Trumbull. They only worked during the
warmer months, but produced over a million board feet of lumber.

From 1874 through 1876, lumber was hauled by ox team to St. George for use in construction of the
St. George L.D.S. Temple.


PHOTOS

Oxen pulling a lumber wagon

WCHS photos:
WCHS-02359     Plaque telling about the Sawmill Sites at the origin of the Temple Trail at Mt. Trumbull
WCHS-02360     Site of the first sawmill on Mt. Trumbull where the Temple Trail originated
WCHS-02361     A GC-PNM plaque: "From a Forest Cathedral to a Desert Temple"
WCHS-02362     A BLM marker on the site of the old Mt. Trumbull sawmill
WCHS-02363     A BLM marker and a segment of the original Temple Trail
WCHS-02364     A segment of the original Temple Trail
WCHS-02365     A BLM Temple Trail interpretive sign


REFERENCES

Temple Trail Brochure
    from the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, and Washington County
For a little higher resolution versions, see
    The front side in JPG format or PDF format
    The back side in JPG format or PDF format

Markers and Monuments Database: Pioneer Honeymoon, Temple Trails"
Utah Division of State History, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts