Starting as a pioneer settlement in 1865, St. Thomas grew to be an established town of farms, homes, and stores. It was originally settled by a parry of 45 Mormons led by Thomas Smith. The group was originally sent by Brigham Young to grow cotton and open a supply route to Utah via the Colorado River. In the early days, it was a key supply stop along the Old Mormon Corridor from Utah to San Bernardino, CA.
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