UTAH'S DIXIE HISTORICAL SITES
GPS DATA: Mt. Trumbull Sawmill 36' 16.472N
113' 09.234W 6546Ft Elevation
In St. George, Utah, head South on River Road and turn South and drive pass the Block Plant (Start Road Mileage) to the Arizona State Line (36" 59.974N 113" 34.322W) and continue south. Turn South at the Seegmiller Mountain Junction (36' 49.604N 113' 33.668 W 25 Miles ). Stay on main road to the Black Rock Junction (36' 44.886N 113' 32.812W 31.6 Miles). Do not turn, but continue to head South to the Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse (36' 24.725N 113 19.536W 61.3 Miles) Turn left to Mt Trumbull Pioneer Saw Mill. 74 Miles
|Indian Village near sawmill|
|On this site was located the historic Mt. Trumbull Saw Mill.
This site was located some 70 miles South East of where the St. George
Temple was being built. Some of the lumber for the Temple was brought
from Pine Valley Mountain. Some was brought from the Kaibab Forest,
but most of the lumber came from Mt. Trumbull. Oxen were used to pull
the heavy wagons of lumber along the treacherous road from Mt. Trumbull to
St. George. Many of these oxen were donated by faithful church members and
cities and wards in the church.
During the summer months, the fresh boards from the sawmills on the mountain were hauled to Antelop Springs; then during the winter, when Mt. Trumbull was covered with snow, they were hauled on to St. George.
A boarding house at Mount Trumbull was established to take care of the workers. There were bout forty men working on the project of running the Sawmill and transporting the lumber to the Temple Site. There was a second sawmill for a short period of time, but the location is not known.
One of the most dangerous parts of the road was down the Hurricane Hill which borders the present site of the town. Before assaying the steep descent, the drivers tightened the binding on the loads and then rough-locked the rear wheels to act as a brake on the freighters' wagons. Even with rough-lock the heavy laden running gears came down the hill too rapidly for comfort. - Karl Larson.
The task of hauling lumber to the Temple was indeed difficult., It took seven days to haul a load, and then sometimes no more than one or two of the larger logs could be brought as one time.
Further up the hill from the Mt. Trumbull Sawmill site is the ruins of an old Indian Villiage.
. ( See The St. George Temple - First 100 Years)
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