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Hurricane Canal Company collection Edit


WASH 002
Finding Aid Author
Amanda M. Reeve
Finding Aid Date
2013 April 23
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  • 1893-2002 (Creation)


  • 2.29 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 manuscript boxes

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  • Abstract

    The Hurricane Canal Company collection covers the years 1893-2002 and holds the records of the Hurricane Canal Company, historical records of the town of Hurricane, and records of the Bench Lake Canal Company.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    Mormon settlers in surrounding southern Utah towns realized the potential of Hurricane’s fertile land, but it lacked the water needed to allow for farming. The Hurricane Canal Company was temporarily organized in Toquerville, Utah on July 11, 1893 to determine if building a canal was feasible. The canal was built completely by the hands of the men who purchased company shares. Their money and labor went to finance and build the canal. In return each share purchased granted the holder one acre of land with water rights on the Hurricane Bench.

    The company was organized, and Levi N. Harmon was elected President; Martin Slack, Secretary; with James Jepson, John A. Wood, and Charles A. Workman as directors. After eleven years of work and effort, the canal was finished in 1904 paving the way for the establishment of the town of Hurricane, which was settled in 1906.

    The Bench Lake Canal Company was established on April 21, 1941 to give water access to farms on the Hurricane Bench that were outside the reach of the Hurricane Canal. With the use of pumps, water reached the outlying farm lands. In the 1980’s Bench Lake Canal Company was incorporated into the Hurricane Canal Company.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Hurricane Canal Company collection consists of records of the Hurricane Canal Company, historical records of the town of Hurricane, and records of the Bench Lake Canal Company. This collection documents the organization, struggles, and establishment of the town of Hurricane as the canal company worked to build and supply water to the Hurricane Bench.

    The bulk of this collection is comprised of the minutes generated by the Hurricane Canal Company (1893-2002) as well as a few of the company's annual reports. The canal company minutes illustrate the development of the company from its creation through the struggles of drought and floods in southern Utah’s desert climate.

    The town board minutes for Hurricane (1912-1930) are also contained within this collection. As the canal provided water to the area, the canal company worked to create and build the town of Hurricane. The town minutes show the development and improvements put in place by the settlers of Hurricane as they worked to build their new homes and town.

    The final series in the collection comes from the records created by the Bench Lake Canal Company (1941-1996). These records include minutes of the company, financial records, Articles of Incorporation, contracts and affidavits, maps and water charts, stock records, and correspondence of the company.

  • Arrangement

    Collection is arranged by subject within series.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description and date, AC 25 Hurricane Canal Company collection, 1893-2002, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.