WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
WARM SPRINGS (aka THE BOILERS)
LOCATION37° 8' 13.5" North Latitude, 113° 30' 49.3" West Longitude
37.1371° North Latitude, 113.5137° West Longitude
2,846 feet MSL
Located at approximately 400 North and 200 West in Washington, Utah.
DESCRIPTIONWarm Springs is a pond over and fed by three natural warmsprings. It flows at a pretty consistent 30,000 gallons per hour and a temperature of 72-75 degrees year round. It drains into a ditch that now flows under the I-15 freeway and into network of irrigation ditches.
The pond is currently about 5.5 feet deep, but historically it was reputed to be 9 feet deep at the deep end.
There is also an passage going under the I-15 freeway to provide access for animals.
The site is owned by Washington City, but the water rights are privately owned.
The site has been variously known at Warm Springs, The Boilers, Dixie Springs (not the same as Dixie Hot Springs in Hurricane), and probably other names.
HISTORYWarm Springs was a source of water from the earliest days of settlement in Washington. It was used for water, for swimming, and sometimes for bathing until indoor plumbing was available.
Starting around 1948, people started dumping their goldfish, frogs, and other unwanted pets in the pond and surrounding areas, upsetting the natural ecology.
In the 1960s, I-15 was built right through the area of the springs over the protests of the local population. After negotiations, the spring and pond were spared, but the freeway cut off direct access to the site. A pipe was run under the freeway to carry the water down to Washington. An animal passage was also installed.
"The Boilers" became a place where people went to drink and use drugs. Dangerous trash littered the area and runoff water from the freeway and city polluted the pond. In 1999, the City declared the site a biohazard and fenced it off from public access.
WCHS-01253 Early view of the pond
WCHS-01563 The pond on February 27, 2013
Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-01564 The pond at Warm Springs ("The Boilers") looking southwest
WCHS-01565 The pond at Warm Springs ("The Boilers") looking west
WCHS-01566 The pond at Warm Springs ("The Boilers") looking northnortheast
WCHS-01567 The pond at Warm Springs ("The Boilers") looking northnortheast
WCHS-01568 The north end of the animal passage under I-15 at Warm Springs
WCHS-01569 The animal passage under I-15 at Warm Springs
WCHS-01570 The south end of the animal passage under I-15 at Warm Springs
WCHS-01571 The ditch coming out of Warm Springs south of I-15
Other photos on the web:
Children playing at the pond's edge
Children playing at the pond's edge
Children playing in the pond
A gathering of local citizens at the pond's edge
City officials inspecting the pond in 2012
The pond fenced off and posted as Private Property
Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve Vision Presentation (March 12, 2013, 18 minutes)
History of The Boilers and Mill Creek Canyon (September 3, 2013, 4 minutes)
REFERENCESBoiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve Website
The Boiling Springs Ecoseum & Desert Preserve is a Non-Profit entity formed in 2012 to address the ecological concerns of The Boilers and Millcreek Canyon in Washington County, Utah.
Washington City - Celebrating 150 Years - 1857-2007 - "Where Dixie Began
Images of Faith: A pictorial history of St. George, Utah
Book by Lynne Clark
City officials met on-site at the Washington City Boilers
December 1, 2012
Group has big plans for Boilers, Millcreek Canyon; city council not so sure
Article in StGeorgeUtah.com by Mori Kessler, April 11, 2013
Old swimmin’ hole makes comeback: City turns Boilers into public park
by Cami Cox Jim
St. George News, January 3, 2015
Washington City officials begin work on new park at historic watering hole
by Zach Whitney
Fox 13 News, January 5, 2015
OPINION: There's more to The Boilers story than we are being told
by Dallas Hyland
The Independent, January 11, 2015
Boiling Springs Ecoseum project goes before city once more; STGnews Videocast
Washington City Council to decide the fate of historic "boiling springs"
by Melissa Anderson, KCSG.com Televsionm, June 8, 2015
'Boilers' plan up for vote
by David DeMille, The Spectrum, June 7, 2015
Washington City Council Holds The Boilers Fate In Their Hands
by Melissa Allison, National Public Radio, June 9, 2015