The first Europeans in the area were part of the Dominguez–Escalante Expedition in 1776. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Apostle Erastus Snow.It was called Dixie by Brigham Young, who was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The west side is the area west of the Black Hill, and is home to the primarily residential neighborhoods of Green Valley, Sunset and Dixie Downs.Dixie Downs is named for an old horse race track that once operated near what is now the intersection of Dixie Downs Road and Snow Canyon Parkway.While early settlers cultivated cotton as a commodity crop, they did not succeed in producing it at competitive market rates; consequently, cotton farming was eventually abandoned.More important to the economy was tourism, which developed as the railroads began to carry visitors to the nearby Zion National Park.Enough favorable reports had come to him from this warm region below the rim of the Great Basin, that he was convinced cotton could be raised successfully here.
One such neighborhood is Stone Cliff, a high-end, master-planned, gated community of multi-million-dollar homes built on a hillside overlooking downtown and the valley from the southeast.
The Virgin and Santa Clara rivers flow through the valley and converge near the western base of Webb Hill.
The urban area is studded by numerous hills, mesas, waterways and habitat reserves, creating natural boundaries of sections, neighborhoods, and communities within the city. George is bordered by its suburbs; Washington and Hurricane to the east, Santa Clara and Ivins to the west-northwest, and the community of Bloomington which forms the southwestern part of the city.
Bloomington in the southwest area is a residential community centered around a golf country club, with most homes built in the mid-late 1980s.
The Sun River area, south of Bloomington, is Utah's first and only active adult master-planned retirement community, offering golfing and resort-style amenities.