Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Fremont Cottonwood - Parowan

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Common Name Fremont Cottonwood
Species Populus fremontii
Address Parowan Heritage Park 300 South Main Parowan
City Parowan
Year Planted Pre 1847
Height 91 Feet
DBH Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is the standard forestry measurement of the tree's trunk diameter at 4.5 ft from the base. 51 Inches
Name of Nominator Patrick Moore
Date Rated 2006-10-11
Ownership Public: City of Parowan

Proudly perched atop the rocks from which Heaps Spring flows, the prominent Fremont Cottonwood in Parowan Heritage Park stands as a witness to our Utah state history. Dedicated on January 13, 1996, the Parowan Heritage Park is located on the original site where in 1850, Parley P. Pratt and his party camped while exploring the southern region for future Mormon pioneer settlements. On January 8, 1850, Pratt and his men erected a flagpole on the hill, which is still standing, and then dedicated Parowan as the starting place for the colonization of the southern region. On January 13, 1851, the first group of pioneers arrived at this location and began to build a community that would support the many pioneers who would later be called upon to travel south and build other communities.

The Pratt party likely camped under the shelter of this cottonwood and drew water from adjacent Heap's Spring. Over a hundred years later, this tree continues to serve as a resting ground for travelers and a gateway to southern Utah. It was designated a Utah Heritage Tree in 2007.

Author Patrick Moore