This album consists of photos taken in the St. George area. Washington County borders Arizona and is in the north end of the Mojave Desert. The climate here is warmer than most of the other areas of Utah. Originally this area was called the "Cotton Mission" when Mormon Pioneers were sent here to grow and mill cotton for self-sufficiency in case the supply from the seceeded southern states was cut off. Mormon southerners who were familiar with growing cotton were assigned here to get it started. The difficulties in growing cotton here led to the demise of the effort when the Civil War ended in 1865. The first Mormon Temple to be completed in Utah was dedicated here in St. George in 1877 and it still stands as a magnificent structure today. Brigham Young liked the climate so well that he made his winter home here. Others followed over the years. In the last 10 years increasing numbers of "Snowbirds" have decided to spend their winters here and either bring their homes on wheels, rent, buy or have homes constructed. The growth in this area is phenomenal. This album has been completed and no more photos will be added.