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Newspaper Iron County Record (Cedar City, Utah) 1893-1982

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About Iron County Record (Cedar City, Utah) 1893-1982

Statehood for Utah lay two years in the future when the Iron County Record first appeared in December 1893. The newspaper’s home, Cedar City, was little more than a crossroads on the southern edge of the Great Basin. Yet the Record thrived for nearly 90 years by providing local news, covering social events, and offering lively editorial commentary, as Iron County evolved from a tiny outpost to a popular tourist destination.

Before the arrival of white settlers, Iron County’s diverse terrain was home to native peoples like the Fremont and Anasazi, and later Goshutes and Southern Paiutes. In 1776, Spanish explorers established a route from Santa Fe to California that cut through modern-day Iron County. Behind them came traders and trappers.

In 1850, leaders of the Mormon Church announced a colonization project called the Iron Mission. As part of a plan to establish a string of new Mormon settlements, Brigham Young sought hearty souls to “Establish an iron foundry [and] other things necessary for…an infant settlement among the Indians.” In January 1851, 110 men and 31 women established Parowan, the Iron County seat, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake. Months later, they built nearby Cedar City.

By the late 19th century, the iron industry had fizzled. Iron County boasted a scant 3,500 residents. Dry farming and dairy fueled the small but slowly growing economy, and a manufacturing industry was blossoming near Cedar City’s rail hub. In November 1890, the county’s first newspaper appeared. The Iron County News was a weekly publication printed in Cedar City that struggled to turn a profit. It failed after only four months. Two and a half years later, the Record debuted.

Under the direction of Charles Wilkinson, the Record prospered, attracting readers with a mix of local news and commentary. With a masthead that proudly announced “the press is the lever by which the world is moved,” the Record’s front-page features included descriptions of visiting religious luminaries from the “metropolis” to the north. Other items included a column called “Parowan Promptings,” offering news from the county seat, and “Paragoonah Pointers” carrying information from another nearby community. These often included homespun tidbits such as the following from May 1903: “Two of the young ladies gave very good talks in meeting last Sunday.”

In 1982, the Record stopped publication when absorbed by the Cedar City Spectrum. By then, Iron County’s population had grown above 20,000 and the region attracted hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to outdoor wonders like Cedar Breaks National Monument and the popular Utah Shakespearean Festival. In the early 21st century, the county’s largest paper was the Daily Spectrum.

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About this Newspaper


  • Iron County Record (Cedar City, Utah) 1893-1982

Dates of Publication

  • 1893-1982

Created / Published

  • Cedar City, Utah : W.C. Higgins, -1982.


  • -  Cedar City (Utah)--Newspapers
  • -  Utah--Cedar City
  • -  United States--Utah--Iron--Cedar City


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Began with Dec. 8, 1893 issue. Cf. Alter, J.C. Early Utah journalism.
  • -  -v. 90, no. 48 (Dec. 8, 1982).
  • -  "Golden Spike Celebration Edition" issued Aug. 24, 1923.
  • -  Sept. 7, 1930 issue incorrectly dated Sept. 3.
  • -  June 3, 1931 issue incorrectly dated June 6.
  • -  Nov. 4, 1931 issue incorrectly dated Oct. 31.
  • -  Supplements accompany many issues.
  • -  Utah State Press Association supplement issued each June, <1925-1930>.
  • -  Farm, ranch and garden supplement issued each Spring, <1960-1966>, <1973-1978>.
  • -  Utah Shakespeare festival supplement issued each July, <1975-1982>.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Absorbed: Observer (Cedar City, Utah) (non-extant?).
  • -  Absorbed by: Cedar City spectrum.
  • -  Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 43 (Sept. 28, 1894).
  • -  Cedar City spectrum (DLC)sn 85058260 (OCoLC)12560567


  • volumes : illustrations ; 52 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn85058259

OCLC Number

  • 12560548

ISSN Number

  • 2159-3825

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Chicago citation style:

Iron County Record Cedar City, Utah -1982. (Cedar City, UT), Jan. 1 1893.

APA citation style:

(1893, January 1) Iron County Record Cedar City, Utah -1982. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Iron County Record Cedar City, Utah -1982. (Cedar City, UT) 1 Jan. 1893. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,