Growth Through The Years
Early settlers recognized the value of education, starting schools soon after settling in new towns, even before the conveniences we enjoy today were available. Despite holding school in their homes with limited supplies, they made every attempt to donate books and materials. Attendance was often sporadic, given the priority of helping their families in the fields, pastures, and orchards to survive. Children took turns attending classes and learned basic subjects such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling.
Springdale, once a quiet Mormon farming community, underwent a major transformation in the early 1900s. The arrival of automobiles and tourists from Salt Lake City marked the beginning of significant changes to the town's landscape. The opening of Wylie Way Camp, one of the earliest tourist destinations in Zion, further cemented Springdale's emergence as a hotspot for visitors. The sleepy community was about to undergo a dramatic shift.
Zion National Park
In 1920, Mukuntuweap National Monument was established before becoming the renowned Zion National Park. This transformation happened fast, with electricity, gas stations, and other tourist amenities quickly appearing to serve the influx of visitors. Young men seized new job opportunities in resource management and tourism, leaving their farming roots behind. Eventually, the park became more accessible with roads and other conveniences, further boosting its popularity as a destination.
Springdale, a secluded settlement for almost 100 years due to the closed canyon, had only one way in and out. Even with the now-famous cable works in 1901, which brought timber from the East Rim of Zion, there was no highway to access the community or park from the east. However, in 1930, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel was constructed, changing everything. The mile-long tunnel carved through solid sandstone, is dark, cool, and damp, but wide enough for two lanes of traffic. It brought the world to Springdale's doorstep, as people heard about the breathtaking features of Zion National Park.