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J. L. Crawford Collection Edit


WASH 055


  • 1945 – 2008 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 document cases.



  • Abstract

    This collection consists of correspondence and articles written by J. L. Crawford, and his research files collected over the years. There are photographs, original and photocopies, of Crawford’s family, his World War II days; Zions National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park, while working there as a Park Ranger. The collection was put together by J. L. Crawford during his lifetime while living in Springdale, Panguich and St. George, Utah.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection documents J. L. Crawford’s professional and personal life during his lifetime while living in Southern Utah. It also documents his time spent serving in World War II. The material collected is from 1945-2008, while the bulk of the material is from 1995-2005.

    Included in the collection are:Crawford’s Pocket Guide to Bryce Canyon Trails by J. L. Crawford, Bryce Canyon Through the Seasons by Bryce Canyon National Park, and Place and Personal Names of the Gosiute Indians of Utah by Ralph V. Chamberlin

    The Articles Series is the largest series, and it contains a variety of articles collected and written by Crawford. They are arranged in alphabetical order. The Correspondence Series is a mixture of personal letters and professional inquires, often with Crawford’s response letter attached. They are arranged in alphabetical order and chronological order within each folder according to the dates written. The Photograph Series contains Crawford’s original and photocopied photographs of World War ll, National Parks, and family photographs. They are arranged in alphabetical order. The Subject / Topic Series contain a variety of information about people and topics related to Southern Utah. They are arranged in alphabetical order.

  • Biographical / Historical

    J. L. Crawford was born in Springdale, Utah in 1914 and passed away in 2011 at the age of 97 in St. George, Utah. He spent his first seventeen years at Oak Creek, then part of Springdale, Utah, which is now part of Zion National Park. He attended Dixie Junior College and Brigham Young University. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1947 with a B.S. degree in Zoology. Crawford worked in Zion National Park at the Zion Lodge, on road construction projects in the park, and he helped build the Zion Tunnel.

    During the years of the great depression he spent two winters and one summer as an enrollee of the CCC camp where he helped build several of the stone structures, including the Parkas warehouse and garage. He took great pride in pointing out to friends that he helped build the sign pylon at the South Entrance to Zion Park. He leased and operated a service station in Springdale for three years before being drafted into the Army in 1941, where he served for more than four years.

    Crawford worked as a Park Ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Cedar Breaks National Park. During this time he married Fern Houston, from Panguich, Utah in 1950. He left the National Park Service to build and operate the Horizon Lodge in Panguich, which was their family business for many years. Crawford worked for the State of Utah as County Welfare Director for 13 years. They eventually sold their business, and moved to St. George, Utah. Crawford then spent several years working as a Park Ranger in Zion National Park, where he worked until he retired in 1980.

    J. L. and Fern spent many years serving as volunteers at the Dixie College library. They were extraction workers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and they served as Stake Historians in the St. George West Stake.

  • Arrangement

    The J. L. Crawford Collection is arranged in four series. 1. Articles, 1976-2008. 2. Correspondence, 1980-2005. 3. Photographs, 1945, undated. 4. Subject / Topic Files, 1988-1989, undated.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, WASH 055 J. L. Crawford Collection, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • 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.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.