At one time the cotton industry in Utah was a flourishing activity. Many pioneer farmers were engaged in the growing of this staple for the purpose of providing much needed cotton for the Territory of Utah before the days of railroads and highways. After the favorable climatic conditions for agriculture in Utah's Dixie were discovered, leaders of the Latter-day Saint Church made plans for the growing of many fruits and vegetables of the temperate zone. Of these, cotton received by far the most attention, as a domestic source of this raw material was at one time vital to the well being of the Territory of Utah. Hundreds of pioneer families were sent to this southerly location below the rim of the Great Basin to swell Utah's production of this commodity.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Geography
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hanson, Brooks Kent, "A Geographical Analysis of the Emergence and Subsequent Disappearance of the Cotton Industry in the Virgin River Basin (1856-1910)" (1967). Theses and Dissertations. 4756.
Cotton Mission, Cotton growing, Utah, Cotton manufacture