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Vol. 2, Issue 1

By Dan Hackett, Dallas Alexander, and Homer Nelson

Here is the story of a community, beset by discouragements and destruction, that just refused to quit. This is Utah's Dixie in the weary days of the doomed Cotton Mission.

In 1861, the American Civil War began in the east. Far to the west, in Utah Territory, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Brigham Young knew that soon the war will disrupt the vital flow of supplies into his pioneer community. In the face of this crisis, the Mormon community came together to try and build the economically and politically indepedent homeland they had always dreamed of.

Under the leadership of Brigham Young, over 300 Mormon families would set off into the rugged desert of southwest Utah with the express purpose of growing cotton, a crop that would provide the Mormon community essential produce to attain a self-sufficient economy. This "Cotton Mission" would drive the settlement of southwest Utah but the going would not be easy. Battling isolation, a raging river, and bitter weather, the tenacious little settlements of Brigham Young's Cotton Mission would need a healthy dose of determination and raw grit but their efforts would reshape the face of Utah Territory and lay the groundwork of a modern Zion...

92 Pages

2.1 Deseret Dixieland - Southwest Utah

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