Iron

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Area of Iron and Dixie Stakes
Area of the Deseret
Flag of Iron Provincial seal of Iron
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Dixie
Motto(s): None officially
Provincial song(s): "I'll Be a Sunbeam"
Map of Iron
Official language(s) English
Demonym Ironian(s)
Capital
(and largest city)
St. George
Area Ranked TBD
 • Total 5,731 sq mi
(14,844 km2)
Population Ranked TBD
 • Total 208,016 (2010)
 • Density 36.297/sq mi  (13.976/km2)
Ranked TBD
Elevation
 • Highest point Brian Head Peak
11,312 ft (3,448 m)
 • Lowest point Beaver Dam Wash
2,179.8 ft (664.4 m)
Admission to the Union August 22, 1896 (24th)
Lord Superintendent Thomas Stenhouse
Governor Edwin Findlay (PP)
Lieutenant Governor Kent Baxter (PP)
Legislature Iron Area Council (unicameral)
 • Upper house None
 • Lower house None
K.S. Senators Todd Brown (PP/R)
Paul Fleek (PP/R)
Isaac Kurr (CD)
K.S. House delegation Joseph Madsen (R) (list)
Time zone Mountain Time Zone
UTC –7/UTC –6
Abbreviations IR, KS-IR., DE-IR., DEI., Irn.
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Iron, officially known as the Area of Iron and Dixie Stakes, is a subnational area of the Deseret, located in the southwestern corner of the country. It is the smallest subnational area in the Deseret, but the second most populous. Iron is bordered by Emery to the north, Zion to the east, the Sierran provinces of Mohave and Flagstaff to the south, and the Sierran province of Clark to the west. Its capital and largest city is St. George. It is one of the 45 PSAs in the Kingdom of Sierra and is thus represented in Porciúncula with 3 senators and 1 MP.

In 1851, Coal Creek, the precursor of Cedar City, was founded by Mormon missionaries seeking to convert the native Amerindians. In the following year, Fort Harmony was established further south to consolidate the missionaries' efforts. Coal Creek, Fort Harmony, and other settlements were later organized into Beaver, Iron, and Washington County under the Free State of the Deseret in 1856, until the Deseret became a territory of Sierra in 1868. The region was initially intended to become a cotton-growing area, earning it the moniker of "The Dixie". The nickname was later incorporated into the area's official name. The three counties were organized together under the Area of Iron in 1950 when the Deseret became a constituent country of the Kingdom of Sierra.

Geographically, Iron is divided into three sections: the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. The northwestern side of the area is primarily hilly, while the eastern and southwestern parts of the area is mountainous and punctuated with rugged terrain. The western half is mostly arid and desert, while the eastern half is more forested and milder. The entirety of the area is located at an elevation greater than 2,179 feet (664 m), with its lowest point at Beaver Dam Wash. Its highest point is Brian Head Peak at 11,312 feet (3,448 m).

Its economy is largely dependent on tourism, logistics, retail, education, government, and business. Iron's location at the southwestern corner of the Deseret by federal Sierra has made it a strategic gateway and link between the two constituent countries of the Kingdom. Annually, Iron attracts over 15 million itinerants travel to or through Iron. Its most popular destinations are its natural landmarks, including Dixie National Forest.

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