History: County Seat War
The nearby town of St. Georgehad been the county seat sincethe formation of the county in1856, but St. George did notlie near the route of the newrailroad. An election was heldin 1893 in which the new townof Parsons received the vote forthe county seat. But the countyclerk and an attorney of St.George led injunction proceed-ings to prevent the removal of the records. The Parsons fac-tion, already incensed by thelegal delay, took the bit betweentheir teeth and made arrange-ments for a wagon train to goto St. George, ve miles away,and remove the safes and therecords.On August 7, an armed force of about seven hundred men fromthe vicinity of Parsons, aug-mented by a force of four hun-dred which had been brought inby train from other points alongthe railroad, started for St.George. The St. George picketssaw them coming, put off somedynamite as a signal of the en-emy's approach, and then beata hasty retreat. The marchersand the wagons moved into St.George, loaded the records andsafes, and marched out again.The next day the conquerorsmarched into Parsons, unloadedthe county records at a tempo-rary courthouse, and the ghtwas won.
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