This was an extremely fascinating place to visit. On 12 April 1867 President Brigham Young of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) asked Ira Hickley to build this fort. A fort was built instead of a city because of the scarcity of water and was a way station for pioneers and gold seekers. The fort is built of black volcanic rock and dark limestone with the walls one hundred feet long and eighteen feet high. There was a telegraph office at the fort and daily, two stage coaches stopped there. The fort contains 12 rooms each with a fireplace. The fort was used for over twenty years.
They offer free guided tours. They told us it was really beautiful in the spring but it was cold, windy, and rainy the day we were there. However, the tour was well worth being cold. I highly recommend this stop to anyone. The furnishings in each room are beautiful. And I learned all about the old nursery rhyme - Pop Goes The Weasel. Not what I thought it was about at all.