Timeline of Events

Below is a chronological timeline of historical events in Cedar City, Utah.

April 30, 2020: F-35A flyover in support of first responders

April 9, 2020: New temple president coming in October 2020 (Rulon Larry Brough)

March-April 2020: Stay Home, Stay Safe (Covid-19 coronavirus)

February 29, 2020: Cedar High girls basketball won Utah 4A championship

December 4, 2019: Piano Guys concert at the Centrum Arena

April 12, 2019: Redmen changed to Reds at Cedar High. Mascot became Wolves.

December 10, 2017: Cedar City Temple dedicated

September 28, 2017: Centrum Arena renamed American First Events Center

2016: Name slightly changed to Utah Shakespeare Festival

December 24, 2015: Top Spot closed. It reopened later.

November 2013: Maile Wilson became Cedar City’s first female mayor. She was also the youngest mayor.

August 23, 2008: Employees from Southwest Skin and Cancer Clinic killed in plane crash near Moab.

November 10, 2007: Henry Lunt statue

October 2005: R. Scott Phillips was named executive director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival

2003: Kmart closed

2000: Lighthouse built in the Providence Center

1997: Canyon View High School established. First principal was Vicki Wilson.

March 1996: SUU Sherratt Library

1991: Southern Utah State College renamed to Southern Utah University

1989: Morton Metalcraft changed to Metalcraft Technologies

1986: Utah Summer Games begun by Gerald Sherratt

August 1971: El Escalante Hotel demolished

1963: Current Cedar High School building was opened

1961: Utah Shakespearean Festival founded by Fred C. Adams. First season began in 1962.

December 12, 1948: Old Main fire

September 1940: Cedar High School founded

1932: Cedar City Tabernacle demolished

1923: El Escalante Hotel purchased by Union Pacific to accomodate tourists

1898: First building dedicated at the Branch Normal School (Old Main)

1897: Branch Normal School (named SUU today)

1885: Cedar City Tabernacle erected

November 1857: Mountain Meadows Massacre

November 11, 1851: Cedar City settled by Mormon pioneers (led by Henry Lunt) on the north bank of Coal Creek.

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