Convict Camp and Wagon Road

Convict Camp and Wagon Road (HM14DB)

Location: Washington, UT 84780 Washington County
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N 37° 10.783', W 113° 16.956'

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In 1915 prisoners from the Utah State Prison camped here among these very rocks. They were detailed to build a wagon road up the fault, directly east from here. Remnants of the road can still bee seen with its lava rocks retaining walls. The work was performed by about 50 men and 30 teams with scrapers, according to the Washington County News. The Men worked January through March.
State level support for this project came about because the road would become a key part of a highway to link Yellowstone National Park in the north and Grand Canyon National Park to the south. The road also provided a crucial access road to Little Creek mountain where much needed firewood could be obtained. The road was especially vital for the wool wagons from the Gourds Shearing Corral to shorten their trip to the railroad at Lund. This road was quite steep; coming down grade was freighting. Men dragged a log or rock behind the wagon to slow it down.
This marker is on one of the tent sites. These prisoners worked on several other projects throughout Southern Utah. Like one pioneer said, "We need more of these good men!"
HM NumberHM14DB
Placed ByThe Hurricane Valley Heritage Park & Museum Foundation with funding from the Utah Division of Parks & Recreation
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:27am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 297367 N 4117249
Decimal Degrees37.17971667, -113.28260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.783', W 113° 16.956'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 46.98" N, 113° 16' 57.36" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 339 North 300 East, Washington UT 84780, US
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