Bloomington Hills Utah Ft Pierce Wash
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Ft. Pierce Wash
One significant piece of Bloomington Hills history is known as the Ft Pierce Wash. The Wash follows the creek bed, and was frequently traveled by the Ute Indians. This fort was built about 12 miles south of St George to detour the Ute’s from taking the local settlers crops and cattle. It was manned from 1865 when it was built until about 1870 when treaty’s were signed with the Indian Tribes.
Ft Pierce Wash and Bloomington Hills
Years ago the bridge on Ft Pierce drive was much lower to the water. The bridge had metal planks resting on concrete foundation pieces. When the water in the Wash would rise, the metal pieces in the bridge would be moved allowing the water to flow more rapidly. This would leave the bridge impassable re-routing traffic back to Brigham road. As the population increased in Bloomington Hills, the need for a bigger more stable bridge increased until finally the current bridge was constructed. The new bridge is much higher than the previous bridge, and much safer. There are still times when the water in the Wash rises up to, and nearly over the top of the bridge. When the water reaches this level local authorities will close the bridge until the waters recede, and travel is safe again. This is not a frequent event, but when we are receiving a lot of water in Bloomington Hills it is a good idea to pay attention to the Wash.