Monroe is a city in Sevier County, Utah, United States. The population was 2,256 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is home to both Mystic Hot Springs and South Sevier High School.
1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 History
3.1 History of Monroe Hot Springs
4 Monroe Today 5 Education 6 Notable person 7 See also 8 References 9 External links
Monroe is located in rural central Utah. According to the United
Est. 2016 2,321  2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,845 people, 707 households,
and 480 families residing in the Monroe. The population density was
521.7 people per square mile (201.2/km²). There were 707 housing
units at an average density of 199.9 per square mile (77.1/km²). The
racial makeup of the city was 95.83% White, 0.22% African American,
1.41% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from
other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of
any race were 5.69% of the population.
There were 636 households out of which 37.3% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living
together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and
19.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of
individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family
size was 3.31.
In the city, the population was spread out with 32.2% under the age of
18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and
15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.
For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,907, and the
median income for a family was $37,415. Males had a median income of
$31,797 versus $17,981 for females. The per capita income for the city
was $14,331. About 5.0% of families and 7.7% of the population were
below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 8.1%
of those age 65 or over.
A few early, exploratory settlers came to Monroe in late 1863. They
were followed by the first permanent group of settlers, who arrived in
Monroe during February 1864. Most, if not all, of the first
Settlers were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (LDS Church), who had immigrated to Utah. At first the town was
called South Bend (due to the proximity to a bend in the Sevier
River), but soon after its settlement it was renamed Alma, in honor of
Book of Mormon
An artist’s interpretation of what Fort Alma may have looked like.
Sometime during 1865 work began on a fort to provide protect for both the Setters and their stock. The fort was completed and contained several homes, a blacksmith shop, along with a corral and stockyard for the animals. This fort, named Fort Alma, provided protection for about two years, but things continued to get more dangerous and in April 1867 the Settlers of Alma were evacuated. Most of the evacuees made temporary homes in Sanpete County, until they could return home. An attempt to resettle Alma was made during 1868, but the Settlers ran into Native Americans near Cedar Ridge (now Vermillion, Utah) and a battle ensued. They were unsuccessful in resettling Alma, and it was not until March 1871 that Settlers were finally able to return to Alma. The following year they applied for a Post Office under the city name of Monroe, in honor of U.S. President James Monroe. By the end of 1872 the telegraph had been extended through Monroe, which connected it with the rest of Utah. In 1889 Monroe was incorporated as a town and remained that way until 1921 when it was incorporated as a city. History of Monroe Hot Springs In 1882, Thomas Cooper and his wife homesteaded the area on the east side of town where hot springs water emerged. They built a wood box to collect the water and offered it as a soaking pool. Later, around 1905, a building was erected. There was a dance floor, an indoor swimming pool, and many dressing rooms. Many people came from miles around by horse and buggy to enjoy soaking and dancing. In 1930 Farnsworth bought the hot springs. He was the leader of a band, and it became the house band. The slogan for the Monroe hot springs was, "the home of mirth and merriment". The hot springs enjoyed many years of prosperity until around 1950. It was revitalized in the 1970s. The name was changed to Mystic Hot Springs in 1995. Mike Ginsburg has been operating the facility since 1996. There are two hot springs soaking pools and 6 big bath tubs filled with the hot springs water. They host music concerts regularly and have a Music Festival around the July 24th holiday. Monroe Today
Monroe currently has a Texaco Gas Station, a Do-it Best Hardware, Bullies Drive-In, a dentist (Chisholm Dentistry), Monroe Canyon Assisted Living Center/Clinic, and a grocery store (Andy's Market). Monroe also has many new subdivisions and is nicknamed "The Little Green Valley" due to the many fields that surround the city. Education The schools for most of the surrounding areas are also located in Monroe, which has an Elementary School (Monroe Elementary), Middle School, and High School (South Sevier High School). School age children are traditionally bussed from the neighboring towns of Central Valley, Annabella, Elsinore, Joseph and Sevier to Monroe to attend school. Navajo placement students are also traditionally bussed to the schools from a dormitory in Richfield. Notable person
Fremont Indian State Park
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Places adjacent to Monroe, Utah
Fishlake National Forest Elsinore, Central Valley Annabella
Marysvale Kingston Antimony
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Municipalities and communities of Sevier County, Utah, United States
County seat: Richfield
Aurora Monroe Richfield Salina
Annabella Central Valley Elsinore Glenwood Joseph Koosharem Redmond Sigurd
Burrville Sevier Venice