Located in Washington county in the Southern end of Utah is the town of Hurricane.
Visitors traveling through Hurricane might wonder why a town in southern Utah shares its name with a tropical cyclone — a type of storm that never has and never will make "landfall" in the inland desert. The curious name dates back to the early 1860s, when a whirlwind blew off the top of a buggy carrying a group of surveyors led by Mormon leader Erastus Snow. "Well, that was a Hurricane," exclaimed Snow. "We'll name this the Hurricane Hill. "The nearby fault, mesa, and, later on, the town, took the same moniker. How residents say the name might catch many off guard. Locals pronounce it "Her-ah-kun," which is the British pronunciation. Coincidentally, a town in West Virginia shares the same name and pronunciation. True to its name, the town has a reputation for being windy and slightly colder than St. George.
Today, Hurricane boasts a population of nearly 11,000 and continues to grow at a rapid pace with new residents attracted by the area's pleasant climate, favorable economy, and close proximity to recreation havens such as Zion National Park, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon National Park. Located 18 miles east of St. George, Hurricane also lies within minutes of Quail Creek and Sand Hollow reservoirs, popular spots for boating, water skiing and fishing. The city hosts Peach Days each Labor Day Weekend, which commemorates its fruit-growing heritage. The festival includes a parade, agricultural displays, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, a variety of contests, and children's games, among other activities. Hurricane exudes extreme civic pride, which has produced the Heritage Park and Pioneer Museum, housed in the former library, in the center of town. The museum recounts the history of the town's settlers and the construction of the canal. Though no longer in use, a trail along part of its former route and the museum's exhibits preserve the canal's memory, a testament to the ingenuity, determination and longsuffering of Hurricane's pioneers.
Above Photo by Aaron D. Gifford used with his permission.