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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

HILDALE, UTAH

(formerly Short Creek)

LOCATION

20 miles southheast of Hurricane on State Highway 59.

Hildale in on the Utah side of Short Creek at the Utah/Arizona border. It's companion city, Colorado City, is on the Arizona side of the border.

37° 0' 13" North Latitude,   112° 58' 1" West Longitude
37.0036° North Latitude,   112.9669° Longitude
5,048 feet (1,538 meters) MSL


HISTORY

William B. Maxwell established a ranch at Short Creek in 1860. It served as a stopping off place for visitors until Maxwell moved his families to Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy.

Then in 1911, Jacob Marinus Lauritzen moved his family down from Richfield, Utah.

The were joined by the James Black family in 1918.


PHOTOS

Collection of Short Creek photos


REFERENCES

Wikipedia article about Hildale

Mountain Bell Telephone Book, September 1972, Page 33

Kidnapped From That Land; The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists
by Martha Sonntag Bradley
University of Utah Press,   October 27, 1993,   286 pp.

The Polygamists; A History of Colorado City, Arizona
by Benjamin G. Bistline
Agreka Books,   February 2004,   432 pp.

SOUTHERN UTAH MEMORIES: A Brief History of Short Creek on the Utah-Arizona line to 1952
by Loren R. Webb,   December 26, 2013