Iron County

Iron County Facts:

County Website: Iron County
Area: 3,301 square miles
: 54,839 (2019)
County Seat:
Origin of County Name: from iron deposits in the area
Cities/Towns: Brian Head, Cedar City, Enoch, Kanarraville, Paragonah, Parowan
Economy: government (including education), wholesale and retail trade, services, light manufacturing, and construction
Points of Interest: Cedar Breaks National Monument, Frontier Homestead State Park, Old Iron Town, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Brian Head Resort, Old Rock Church, Jesse N. Smith House


About Iron County:

Iron County was named for the mining of iron ore. The earliest pioneers to establish a city (Parowan) came in 1851. Yet, there are evidences, such as pithouses, of prehistoric Anasazi and Sevier people dating back to 750 A.D. The Dominguez-Escalante expedition also passed through in 1776, while looking for a route to California.

Today, the county is known nation wide for the Utah Shakespeare Festival which has won several national theater awards including a Tony award in the year 2000. For those who love nature’s wonders don’t miss Cedar Breaks National Monument and those interested in history can learn more at the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. During the winter months, skiers will enjoy a visit to Brian Head Resort. Also in the area is Southern Utah University (SUU) which began as a small teacher’s college but has grown into a large regional university with over 5,000 students.



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