Mormon's Historic "Cove Fort" Utah
In the fall of 1849, Brigham Young sent Parley P. Pratt and a group of fifty men to explore southern Utah. The Cove Creek area was barren and desolate, but was a midway point between Fillmore on the north and Beaver on the south. Because of its strategic location, it was determined that this would be an ideal location to construct a fort to provide safety and rest for weary travelers. On April 12, 1867, Brigham Young sent a letter to Ira Hinckley asking him to leave his home in Coalville and travel 220 miles south to supervise the construction of this fort.
For 23 years the fort bustled with activity. News of the west and the nation throbbed over the telegraph lines and postal riders delivered mail to Mormon settlements to the north and south. Each day two stagecoaches, with a variety of travelers, rumbled up to the fort. Drivers unhitched their teams from their heavily loaded wagons and led the horses to the barn.
This reconstructed barn has not one nail in it! It is all "Mortise & Tenon" and wooden pegs.
And is Totally Free..The tour guide would not even accept a Tip..
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