Enterprise, Utah

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Enterprise is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 1,285 at the 2000 census, a 37.3% increase over its 1990 population of 936. Although Enterprise was a town in 2000,[1] it has since been classified as a fifth-class city by state law.[3] Enterprise is home to two schools, Enterprise Elementary School (K-6)and Enterprise High School (7-12).

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Geography

Enterprise is located at 37°34′16″N 113°43′5″W / 37.57111°N 113.71806°W / 37.57111; -113.71806 (37.571032, -113.717924),[4] on the south rim of the Great Basin, at an elevation of 5329 feet.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), all of it land.

Enterprise is the nearest community to Mountain Meadows. The November 17, 1902 Pine Valley earthquake, estimated to be a 6 on the Richter magnitude scale, had its epicenter about 20 miles southeast of the town.

History

The concept of a town called Enterprise was first thought up by Orson Welcome Huntsman[citation needed]. He had a plan to dam the tributaries of Shoal Creek in order to harness the water for irrigation purposes. Many in the area, including his father in law, thought his plan was foolish. Orson was able to gather interest in St. George business men and surveyed out the land that would become Enterprise. The first permanent settler there was Jacob Micah Truman, who was soon followed by several families. Most of the early residents were Mormon Settlers. Enterprise received a large boost in its population in 1903 following a severe earthquake that decimated the nearby town of Hebron. When the residents of Hebron realized the damage caused to their homes, and that Enterprise less than ten miles away had almost no damage it was decided to abandon Hebron and most of its residents migrated to Enterprise[citation needed].

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