The year was 1862. Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States while it was entering its second year in the American Civil War. The western parts of the country were still full of adventure and mystery. Utah wouldn’t gain its statehood for another 34 years.
Located in the barren desert of the southern end of the territory, St. George was founded.
Fast forward to 2019 and that barren desert has become one of the most visited cities in the state! On January 12, our amazing city turns 157 years young. Mayor Jon Pike and members of the St. George City council are inviting the community to join them in celebrating.
The celebration kicks off on the 12th at the Social Hall Parlor, located at 47 E. 200 North, with free root beer floats & cookies being served from noon to 2 p.m. In addition to the sweets being served downtown, the city is offering a variety of freebies for the city’s birthday celebration!
- Free admission into the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center
- Free admission into the St. George Recreation Center
- Free admission into the St. George Art Museum
- Free rides on Sun Tran buses all day
In a statement given by Mayor Pike to The Spectrum, he stated ” This is a great opportunity to have a party with the whole community. And if those two hours that we have the root beer floats don’t work for you, there are many other free activities you can participate in during the day. We invite everyone to experience what we call The Brighter Side.”
Here’s a look into how St. George has changed over the past 157 years!