Kade Jackson of Kanab accomplished several important things with the dedication of his Eagle Scout project at the Kane County Water Conservancy District building on Pioneer Day, July 24. 

The dedication plaque, located at the entrance to the Kane County Water Conservancy District building, honors the Jackson family’s import and impact on Kanab and southern Utah. On a state holiday set aside to honor pioneers who’ve founded and sustained Utah, it was a fitting Pioneer Day tribute – both to the Jackson family, as well as Kane County! 

Jackson’s Eagle Scout project, (a pinnacle Boy Scout award), was researching the family history and building a memorial with pictures and history of his great-grandparents Elmer and Leah Jackson. Kade, the son of Julie and Lance Jackson, said the project had been planned several years ago. When the new KCWCD building was opened, they figured it’d be a good opportunity to do it. 

Elmer and Leah Jackson (see plaque wording) owned the land which the KCWCD later bought. The former Kanab City mayor, his wife and family bought the property referred to as ‘Potter’s Pond’ in 1951, and ranched the land that is now the Jackson Flat Reservoir. 

Besides being a new place for water recreation, Jackson Flat Reservoir serves as an irrigation source for Kane County ranchers, as well as an important secondary non-culinary water system for Kanab.

But it was the Jackson family that the Pioneer Day dedication celebration was all about. There were over 100 members of the family attending the dedication.

Kade’s Eagle Scout project stood as testament to family pride in their heritage. His father Lance introduced the original family members, who shared brief stories of their early years in Kanab. 

“I was about 13 when my father Elmer was mayor of Kanab,” said daughter Joyce Jackson McAllister. “He was studying where to put the airport. In the process, he bought the property. He organized and fixed up the reservoir.”

“We were fortunate to be in the livestock business,” shared son Norm Jackson, of his involvement in the ranch. He said running the ranch was good for the Jackson children, offering  plenty of hard work to build their character!

“It’s great to be a part of Kanab,” said son Valton Jackson. “It’s good to see this (project) come to fruition.”

Kade Jackson thanked KCWCD Manager Mike Noel for monument donations and for allowing the project to be placed at the entrance of the new building. Kade also expressed appreciation to his parents for their help. 

Erection of the beautiful brick and stone monument, dedicated to the Jackson family, was made possible with masonry coaching from Marvin Rider of Kanab.

Larry Casebolt and Roger Smith of Silver Arrow Stone donated the rock used on the monument, which was all quarried from the Arizona Strip.

Garkane Energy allowed one of their employees, Mark Kabonic, to help set the huge stone that holds the plaque in place with one of their cranes. It was a community effort.