“Breaks Monument Dedication Attended by Thousands,” Iron County Record July 5, 1934
“Over three thousand people from Cedar and Parowan and other southern Utah communities gathered at Cedar Breaks on July 4th for the mammoth celebration marking the dedication of the breaks as a National Monument.
“The celebration attracted national, state, and high railroad officials who were gathered on the speakers stand at the dedication services held in the afternoon and which was the feature event of the celebration.
“Included in the group of distinguished visitors were Governor Henry H. Blood, President Heber J. Grant of the L.D.S. church; Carl R. Gray, president of the Union Pacific System; Dr. H. C. Bryant, assistant director of the Bureau of National Parks and Reservations; Leo A. Borah of Washington, member of the editorial staff of the National Geographic Magazine; Dr. George W. Middleton, prominent early booster for southern Utah park development. With Gray was a group of railroad officials including W. M. Jeffers, executive vice president of the Union Pacific System and president of the Utah Parks company; J. L. Haugh, vice president and assistant to the president; John W. Burnett, general superintendent of motive power and equipment; Emmett Cole and Otto Jobelman, assistants to Mr. Burnett; George M. Ashby, assistant to the executive vice president; H. C. Mann, chief engineer, Union Pacific System; B. M. Prater, chief engineer, O. S. L. and E. C. Schmidt, director of news service.
“Mrs. Henry H. Blood, wife of the governor, was present and made a few brief remarks when introduced from the stand.
“P. A. Clark of the Parowan Chamber of Commerce was in charge of the meeting and introduced Randall L. Jones, who acted as master of ceremonies, and to whom high tribute was paid for his activities in bringing about recognition of Cedar Breaks as a national attraction and development of the southern Utah Parks.
“Governor Blood, introduced as a ‘great governor and a great friend of the people of his state,’ spoke briefly to national conditions, maintaining while America had felt the hand of depression the situation here ws much better than in other countries, and that the people should be thankful for the help of a government interested in its people during such trying adversities. The governor urged that people of all the land be invited to view the scenic wonders of southern Utah, and called attention to the many and varied attractions grouped together in the small area of southern Utah and northern Arizona. He also referred to what had been done during the past decade to make it possible for people to see and enjoy these attractions, stating that approximately ten million dollars had been spent on road development alone.
“President Carl R. Gray stated that it was just twelve years ago that he made his first trip into southern Utah and visited the scenic attractions and pointed out that the Union Pacific development program had been carried substantially as planned on that trip, maintaining that it had been accomplished only through the fine cooperation of the National Park and National Forest Service and the people of southern Utah. He told of the railroad company’s development program at Bryce before it became a national park and how the company had deeded its holdings to the U.S. government, but that the deeds had been placed in escrow pending the fulfillment of certain development programs, particularly the completion of the Mt. Carmel highway.
“President Heber J. Grant congratulated the Union Pacific on the foresight that had made development of this section possible, and commended the people of southern Utah upon their awakening to the value of the scenic attractions of this region. He stated that he had visited the section for forty years and for many years never even heard of the Breaks or Bryce, the people apparently feeling that these areas were only so much waste land and of no value to them. He also commented on the great appeal that Utah held for people from other sections who visited here.
“Dr. Bryant, in charge of the educational department of the parks [sic] service, stated that the National Park system was not developed by city bred men but by pioneers, the idea first originating with a group of pioneers in the Yellowstone area. Since then the system has grown to 24 parks and 67 monuments. He pointed out that So. Utah was indeed fortunate in having such an area of these nationally recognized scenic attractions, and stated that only the superlative spots had been selected, which makes the naming of so many areas here even more remarkable. He stated that from a geological standpoint southern Utah was one of the most interesting in the world, since in no other section could such a study of ‘space and time’ in the making of the earth be made. He told briefly of the plans of the park service in featuring developments from a scientific and inspirational point of view.
“Leo Borah of the [National] Geographic magazine complimented the people of southern Utah on their spirit of development and was high in his praise of the beauties and interesting features he had found in this section.
“Dr. George W. Middleton maintained that American [sic] contained attractions that were unequaled in Europe and stated that Americans should come to worship at their own shrines of beauty instead of going to distance [sic] lands to worship at the shrines of false Gods. He contended that the people should find peace away from the war contending countries across the sea, and keep out of foreign conflicts and continue to keep the flag of the U.S.A. waving in integrity and honor.
“P. P. Patraw, superintendent of Zion and Bryce National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument, spoke briefly, stating that he accepted the custody of the Breaks with pleasure, extended an invitation to all to come there often. He told briefly of the study that would be made of development possibilities at the Breaks and promised a development program that would show to the world all the beauties of the area.
“The dedicatory prayer was offered by Wm. R. Palmer, president of the Parowan Stake.
“Brief remarks were also made by James E. Gurr, supervisor of the Dixie National Forest; Wm. Osborne District Engineer of the State Road commission, and Ben Cameron, representing the Associated Civic Clubs of Southern Utah.
“The Cedar City band, Parowan band and Cedar Junior band were present, furnishing music not only at the meeting but intermittently during the entire day.
“At noon a free barbecue was served by the Parowan Chamber of Commerce and the afternoon was devoted to sports arranged by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce and under the direct supervision of Vertis Wood, recreational supervisor for Cedar City, and to sight seeing on the rim of the Breaks and in the various canyons leading to the National Monument.
“The success of the affair, sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce of Cedar City and Parowan, surpassed the fondest expectations of those in charge.”