Washington City was one of the first settlements in southern Utah by the Mormon Pioneers. Thirty-eight families, all originally from the south, were sent to the area in 1857 to try to grow cotton and other southern crops. The summer heat was almost unbearable and between floods, insects, and drought it was almost a losing battle. Many of the families left but some stayed on and were able to prove that cotton and other crops could be grown in the area. Washington City was pioneered by great people who quickly established schools, government, and church. Many of their descendants still live in the area and are proud of their ancestors who worked so hard to settle the area. They have a celebration each year in their memory.
Washington is now a thriving city with many retired citizens and lots of families who enjoy the pleasant, scenic surroundings which were once a hardship to the early pioneers.