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St. George and Washington Canal Company collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
AC 26

Dates

  • 1887-1955 (Creation)

Extents

  • 2.17 Linear Feet (Whole)
    4 manuscript boxes and 2 oversized folders

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  • Abstract

    The records of the St. George and Washington Canal Company span the years of 1887-1955. The collection contains the financial and business records of the company, as well as their meeting minutes and correspondence. The Washington Field Canal Company records document the merger (1900-1901) of the company into its current corporate body.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    The Washington Field Canal Company was incorporated May 11, 1875. Irrigation was required for the pioneer settlers of Washington who were struggling to grow cotton. Their many attempts to dam the Virgin River were unsuccessful and costly, so the residents of Washington formed a canal company, though they continued still to struggle with too much or not enough water. On December 7, 1889, the largest flood in the history of Washington County took place destroying the dam and some of the canal the company had constructed. The company lost all of the money and work that had gone into constructing their dam. February 1891 marked the completion of a new dam, which remained in its original condition until 2005. The canal that carried water to the crops of Washington was completed in 1893. On July 10, 1900, the Washington Field Canal Company reorganized and incorporated itself as the St. George and Washington Canal Company, which is still in existence today.

  • Scope and Contents

    The records of the St. George and Washington Canal Company span the years 1887-1955, with the bulk of material coming from 1901-1955. The Washington Field Canal Company was incorporated May 11, 1875 and existed until the merger on July 10, 1900 when it became part of the St. George and Washington Canal Company.

    The collection is arranged by subject within two series: Washington Field Canal Company (1887-1905) and St. George and Washington Canal Company (1901-1955). Both series contain the financial and business records of each manifestation of the company, as well as their respective meeting minutes and correspondence. The Washington Field Canal Company contains the documents dealing with the merger (1900-1901) of the company into its current corporate body.

  • Arrangement

    Collection is arranged by subject within series.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description and date, AC 26 St. George & Washington Canal Company collection, 1887-1955, 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.

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