Free Lectures on Early Tourism in Southern Utah @ Utah Division of State History (Cedar City: Aug 12)

CEDAR CITY – Join the Utah Division of State History and special guests on Friday, August 12, at 7 p.m. for two presentations on Utah’s Painted Canyons during the 1920s through the 1960s and the Utah Parks Company, which brought tourists to the national parks of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona.

For Immediate Release

 

Contacts:

 

Josh Loftin, Communication Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts          jloftin@utah.gov, 801-386-4755

 

Dr. Jedediah Rogers, Senior Historian, Utah Division of State History,                  jedediahrogers@utah.gov, 801-245-7209

 

 Free Lectures on Early Tourism in Southern Utah

 

CEDAR CITY – Join the Utah Division of State History and special guests on Friday, August 12, at 7 p.m. for two presentations on Utah’s Painted Canyons during the 1920s through the 1960s and the Utah Parks Company, which brought tourists to the national parks of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona.

 

Up until the beginning of the twentieth century little was known of the tremendous scenic area lying in southwestern Utah and northern Arizona. Early adventurers had wandered into this area and returned to the fringes of civilization with unbelievable stories of stupendous mountains, gorges, canyon, and forests, seemingly painted by giant artists who had dipped their brushed in the rainbow.

 

Cedar City marketed itself as the “Gateway to the National Parks” and became the jumping off point for the tour groups and created a tourist infrastructure that exists to this day.

 

Event Details

Presentation on Utah’s Painted Canyons and the Utah Park Company

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Frontier Homestead State Park, 635 N. Main Street, Cedar City

A free event sponsored by the Utah Historical Quarterly

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