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Santa Clara City is the ideal scene of a hometown community. Carved out of the desert by faithful pioneers and built into the "garden spot" of Washington County, it serves as a respite for both visitors and residents. Tall sycamores line the main street, shading humble pioneer structures, brick bungalows, and ranch-style homes.
Numerous young families have made Santa Clara Heights their home in the many new neighborhoods overlooking magnificent views of the red rock mountains, black lava fields and Snow Canyon.
Santa Clara History
Santa Clara was named by Spanish explorers in honor of a saint. "Santa" means a female saint and "Clara" means a short interval of fair weather. In the spring of 1854, missionaries came and stayed with the Paiute Indians living in the area. Later that year, Jacob Hamblin and company arrived in the valley and worked with the 800-member Paiute tribe, who were already farming along the Santa Clara Creek. Together they built the first irrigation canal, and the first cotton grown in the Utah Territory.
Santa Clara - Today
Today you can enjoy their historic tree-lined streets which are only minutes from St George. This historic community was built on banks of the Santa Clara Creek and was the considered the oasis of the area, especially for travelers going to Southern California. The local government foresee Santa Clara as blossoming town rising in the middle of a desert.
Santa Clara continues its strong sense of heritage through its landmarks, historical buildings, parks and annual Swiss Days Celebration. This is all a complement to the small (population nearing 6,000), yet diverse, collection of well manicured neighborhoods and beautiful Santa Clara homesites. From the valley where settlement first started, to the heights where subdivisions look across rugged lava to red sandstone mountains, to the cool banks of the Santa Clara River, it is a place where friends, family and neighbors live, work and play together. Santa Clara is a place that residents love to call "home."
Information courtesy of the St George Chamber of Commerce.
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