Toquerville, Washington County, is located about
thirty miles south of Cedar City in a wide valley flanking Ash Creek
and at the base of a mountain capped with black lava rock. With an elevation
of 3,394 feet, it has a climate conducive to the growth of pomegranates,
figs, peaches, and grapes. Pure, cold water pulses from springs a mile
above town to furnish an ample supply of culinary and irrigation water.
It is an oasis in the desert.
early June 1854 eight members of the Southern Indian Mission, led by
Rufus C. Allen, left Harmony to visit Toquer, chief of the Paiute
Indian band on lower Ash Creek. Their primary objectives were to
learn the natives' language and convert some of the tribe to Mormonism.
In response to Toquer's friendly reception, the missionaries promised
to return, live among the Indians, and teach
them how to farm the white man's way.