A Trial Furnace: Southern Utah's Iron Mission
Place Published: Provo, UT
Publisher: Brigham Young University Press
Date Published: 2001
Book Id: 37679
SIGNED. 523pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Tan cloth covered boards with bright gilt stamped titles on the spine and front cover. The book is in fine condition. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with heavy rubbing on the surface, and a handful of prominent scratches on the rear panel. The publisher's autograph sticker is on the front panel.
This volume is part of the Smith Institute and BYU Studies series, "Studies in Latter-day Saint History." Signed by Kathryn Shirts on the title page. From the dust jacket- "In April 1850, Church leaders established an Iron Mission in southern Utah, where iron ore, coal and timber were plentiful. Among these first Iron County settlers were experienced iron workers from the British Isles... Despite sustained, even heroic, efforts, the iron missionaries did not succeed. Nature itself worked against them. Droughts, floods and inferior raw materials challenged them at every turn. When the iron works closed its books in 1858, some of the colonists moved away. Yet the pioneers' legacy is still visible in Parowan and Cedar City- Iron Mission townships that have survived for over 150 years."