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Published: Friday, Jan. 18 2013 11:45 a.m. MST

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Stupid name, it was time to get rid of it.

Cedar City, UT

Not all of Utah's southwest region is known as "Dixie." That term refers to a specific part of the low elevation areas. I've noticed a few people in the northern part of the state lately calling Cedar City "Dixie" and that is not correct.


Beautiful name. I was happy about the choice.


Cedarite, I'm so glad you said that. As the song says, "...Anywhere below the Iron County line, then you're from Dixie! Hurrah for Dixie! 'Cause I'm from Dixie too!

And Tilka, It's not so stupid of a name when you consider that the early settlers needed cotton. A plan was setup for immigrants to settle St George, despite it's harsh climate, in an attempt to harvest and refine cotton from cottonwood trees. That is why it's called Utah's Dixie (not because it's southern Utah, as there were no state or territory lines when it was named). The Cotton Mission failed but the city remains. We name the school Dixie in honor of people who built a city in a desert which might not exist otherwise.

It has little, if anything, to do with slavery.

Saint George, UT

As a Dixie alumni, I am happy to hear the words Dixie State University. One of the most interesting classes I have ever taken was the history of S. Utah, taught by former Washington City Mayor Bob Slack, at Dixie College. I enjoyed learning about the local area, and the fascinating places such as Silver Reef. The story of Father Scanlan holding Catholic Mass in the Saint George Tabernacle building is an amazing example of religious tolerance and cooperation, as the Mormon choir learned the Catholic hymns in Latin, and performed them at the Mass. I remember walking out of class and planning a visit to a new historic place each week. I hope that Dixie State University will offer this class so that the incredible history of this area will enrich the educational experience of those students who choose to attend. The history of "Utah's Dixie" is significantly different than the history of the S. United States. Congratulations Dixie State University. Chris Cannon


While the good people of southern Utah are proud of their location being called "Utah's Dixie" to the rest of the country "Dixie" represents the ideals of Slavery, discrimination, white supremacy just to begin. This is one time when the local sentiment should of been over ridden by those with a larger national view. This name makes Utah and especial the good people of Southern Utah looked as supporters of the concept of "Dixie" which we are not. What a sad unintended message we are sending to the rest of the nation.

Sugar City, ID

As a Dixie alum and a strong supporter of Dixie, I think that continuing to use the name "Dixie" is a mistake. It carries too much baggage. Throughout the rest of the United States, it represents too much negative connotation as "bruce1" says. If Dixie wants respect it better change it's name or it will always be thought of as a provincial little party school with racial overtones. When Ricks was changed to BYU-Idaho, there was some complaining but, in dropping the name "Ricks" and changing to BYU-Idaho gave it immediate credibility and their graduates have benefited from it. And the name "Ricks" didn't have the negative baggage associated with it that "Dixie" does.

Austin, TX


No, it doesn't.

"Dixie" is a geographic region south of the Mason-Dixon line. That's it.

The Confederacy ended in 1865...it seems to me like you are the one that can't let it go.

And good for us (Utah, and the Nation as a whole) for not letting whatever wacko white supremacists who remain hijack the term. We're bigger than them, we're better than that.

Glad to see Dixie State University didn't bow down to the spineless political-correctness machine.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

...and mock slave auctions, black face performances and the stars and bars are just traditions that have nothing to do with slavery or the "other" south.

Santaquin, UT

Wait, Cedar City is not part of Utah's Dixie? And the name Dixie is racist? Better alert the forest service so they can change the name of Dixie National Forest.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

Tilka is typical of those who call the name "Dixie" ignorant when it is in fact they who are ignorant of its real meaning.

Cedar City, UT

Elliot: "Dixie" refers to the lower elevation area around St. George which were part of the mission to grow cotton. Cedar City has a different climate and was part of the mission to produce iron, thus Iron County. People in Cedar City do not refer to Cedar as "Dixie." The forest presumably is named after the parts of Washington County that are known as "Utah's Dixie." In the fervor over the name, it seems to be spreading and now people are calling Cedar City and all of southern Utah "Dixie" when that is not how the term is commonly used down here.

Saint George, UT

This is good news. So if only 17% opposed the Dixie name and they still kept it, I wonder what percentage opposed the Rebel name a few years ago? If opposition to the Rebel name was less than 17%, maybe they should think about re-instating the Rebel. When it comes down to it, there is nothing wrong with the name Dixie or Rebels. Thanks for using some common sense judgment regarding this issue.

St. George, UT

I'm a graduate of Dixie High School who attended Dixie College briefly before transferring to the University of Utah. I grew up in and currently live and work as a computer programmer in St. George. I have no personal qualms or objections to the "Dixie" name as, for me, it has always represented a place that I love, but I still view it as a profound mistake on the part of the college. St. George needs a world class university in order to develop a more diverse and high tech economy. I sincerely believe the name will hold this institution back from that. It may be unfair, but the reality remains. They should have dropped Dixie from the name.

Saint George, UT

If BYU can have loads of success being named after an LDS prophet Dixie shouldn't have anyone against the name or think that they won't have success!!

Park City, UT

Dan Moore- Um, I'm thinking that 83% of people who like the name will be able to sustain the college from being "held back" as you think. I'm so glad that the trustees didn't cave into the vocal minority as so often happens in these cases. People need to realize that there are some "real" problems in this country, like the economy, homelessness, healthcare (no, obamacare isn't the answer) that vocal people could get behind. A small school in Southern Utah? Good grief! Am I the only one that is sick of political correctness? People need to develop some thicker skin.

Tooele, Utah

To bruce1 (who is not from the rest of the country) Dixie does NOT represent slavery etc. I lived in the south (Georgia and Florida) for 21 years. Most Southerners (black and white) are proud of Dixie. Dixie is a great place to live. Either in the south or in southern Utah

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

The LDS converts from the American South brought their human chattel to Salt Lake Valley in 1847. One of these women slaves later fled to Los Angeles in the 1850s and as a free woman became a very rich business woman and it all started doing other people laundry. Look it up on Google "Biddie Mason" or something close to that

Salt Lake City, UT

Tilka is a stupid name. Dixie is an awesome name.

HP in Dixie
Atlanta, GA

I have lived in the South all of my life, but have traveled widely.  Do I regret our history of slavery and Jim Crow laws?  Yes, I do and wish these things had never happened.  But, they did.  All responsible whites I know agree with me.   I would invite all you critics of Southern Dixie to research the entire history of this country, including, but not limited to, the North's involvement in:
1. the ill treatment and massacre of Native Americans throughout this country;
2. the ill treatment of various groups, including Chinese, Latinos, Irish, Mormons, among others;
3. the illegal and unprovoked war with Mexico in the 1840s followed by confiscation of vast areas of Mexico;
4. participation in the slave trade from the beginning by Northern merchants, speculators, and industrialists;
5. segregation and ill treatment of Blacks in the North from the beginning.
I could go on, but you may get the idea.
As is said, " You who is without sin, let him cast the first stone."

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